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Perry
02-27-2017, 01:40 PM
I have never done a painting using split complementarys
so I thought I would give it a try. Supposedly one of the advantages
is that mixing the three colors plus grey's and black will result
in colors that will never clash.
I am thinking that I may be able to create these mixes in
pastels by applying these colors and either blending them
with my fingers or by layering them on top of one another.

This is not a tutorial by any means. It is just an experiment.

I decided to use violet, yellow/orange and yellow/green as the three
colors.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-split-complimentary.jpg

I wasn't crazy about using the gray's to adjust the values
so I tried to find dark's and lights of these three colors in my
pastels. Here is what I came up with. (including black and gray's)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-colors.jpg

I'm doing a still life and I wanted to keep it simple and use white objects.
Here is my setup and sketch. (I changed some of the sizes
and shapes)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-pic.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-layout.jpg

I put in some color to just get rid of the white.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-prelim.jpg

Here is the final. I think it came out ok.
C&C Welcome

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/22627-splitcomp.jpg

PeggyB
02-27-2017, 03:10 PM
This is a good exercise in color theory Perry. To go along with the lesson, you need to consider which of the colors is warmer or cooler once you start to place them onto the paper as well as the values of each color. The lightest, warmest colors will come forward, the coolest, darkest will recede in the picture frame. The background "wall" does recede nicely in that you've made them greenish-violet in two different values. However, the top of your box seems to be tipping forward as you've made it the lightest, warmest color with very little variation of value; look carefully at the lighting on your setup. Notice the forward edges on the left and along the front are the lightest values there. Also note the value of the front of the box. It may be helpful to you if you were to take a cell phone picture of your chosen pastels and the set up, and then edit them to monochromatic value. When you do this, lay the pastels a bit differently than you have in your photo above. Place the ones you think are the darkest value of each color beside one another, and then the mediums through lightest values. This will give you an idea of just how dark or light each "dark through light" pastel stick may be. I took the liberty of changing some of your photos to monochromatic for you. I hope that's OK.

Here are your chosen pastels.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/1976948-IMG_0612.JPG

Your set up.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/1976948-IMG_0611.JPG

Your finished painting.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2017/1976948-IMG_0610.JPG

By studying the monochromatic photos, and comparing them with one another, you should be able to see where you can make some changes. I hope this is helpful. You are making some nice advances in understanding pastel.

Donna T
02-28-2017, 10:06 AM
Thanks for posting your progress shots, Perry. It's always nice to follow along and see how you interpret your set-up. I think you did real nice work on this one, especially translating the whites into colors.

Perry
02-28-2017, 12:11 PM
Thank you for the suggestions Peggy.

Thanks Donna.

Perry
02-28-2017, 01:24 PM
I made some changes.
old and new
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2017/22627-splitcomp.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2017/22627-new_split.jpg

rugman
02-28-2017, 06:08 PM
Nice painting and great exercise, thanks for sharing it with us.....I appreciate that, helps me and reminds me of things I need to be conscious of

stapeliad
03-01-2017, 02:44 PM
I think in pastels you need a value range of each of the three colors--- i completely agree that using white and black to work your values isn't the best approach.

A split comp palette is a great choice!!

You have good harmony happening. :)

PeggyB
03-01-2017, 05:58 PM
Are you happier with the second version? The top of your box recedes more now, but on my computer the values of the box and ball still don't have much change. Your bottle though is very good in value change, and the overall color in the second one seems to be more lively.
I look forward to seeing your next painting.

Perry
03-02-2017, 10:55 AM
Thanks Ron.

Thanks stapeliad.

Thanks Peggy,
I did darken the front and side of the box also.
I lightened the shadow side of the ball and added more orange
to the ball. (all minor changes)
I think it looks better.
Thanks again for the help.

Donna T
03-02-2017, 05:54 PM
Your changes were subtle but effective, Perry. This turned out so well!

Perry
03-02-2017, 08:29 PM
Thanks Donna.

PeggyB
03-03-2017, 08:06 PM
Thanks Ron.

Thanks stapeliad.

Thanks Peggy,
I did darken the front and side of the box also.
I lightened the shadow side of the ball and added more orange
to the ball. (all minor changes)
I think it looks better.
Thanks again for the help.

Oh good! I highly suspected it was just my screen that wasn't reading correctly. I could tell you'd darken those areas you mentioned, but couldn't see much difference in the ball. Sometimes all it takes is a few subtle changes to make us happier with the finished painting.