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Old 02-25-2018, 10:33 AM
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Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

I have these items arranged in my window which I will paint in oils. I will paint from life. However, the scene out my window is boring so I will use a photo reference for that part. I can not decide which one.

Here is the drawing.


The photo of the blue objects is all distorted but doesn't matter, I am not using it, I will be painting from life. The photo is just to give you an idea of the objects and their general colors. So you can see how they look with the window scene.


I think the green one is good for overall color harmony. It makes the scene look large and powerful, and at the same time calm. But maybe not enough color variety?


I think the red one is more lively and has a nice contrast to all the blue objects. It also flows well. However maybe it is too much, and will fight with the foreground objects?
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Re: Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

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I have these items arranged in my window which I will paint in oils. I will paint from life. However, the scene out my window is boring so I will use a photo reference for that part. I can not decide which one.

Here is the drawing.


The photo of the blue objects is all distorted but doesn't matter, I am not using it, I will be painting from life. The photo is just to give you an idea of the objects and their general colors. So you can see how they look with the window scene.


I think the green one is good for overall color harmony. It makes the scene look large and powerful, and at the same time calm. But maybe not enough color variety?


I think the red one is more lively and has a nice contrast to all the blue objects. It also flows well. However maybe it is too much, and will fight with the foreground objects?
The red one. Reduce chroma, add some greens. Tone it down.
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Re: Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

This is crazy! What's your story? What's important in your painting and what's not?

You're giving all the attention to the background. Your foreground is the story.

Refocus.

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Re: Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

Great Idea, what is outside your window?
The colours coming in through the window will effect the colours in your stil-life. So I would chose the photo that is closer to the external reality, at least colour wise.

At the moment the green photo reads best with your shadows. The red looks out as there are no red influences in the shadows and reflections. If you want to go with the red park a large red van outside the window .


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Re: Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

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The red one. Reduce chroma, add some greens. Tone it down.

If I use the red it won't be so neon, not a literal copy of the photo. The background will be high key, very light, as that is the light source, and softer, out of focus, and the glass objects will be more midtone and shadows and some full of saturation. And I agree with you wholeheartedly - definitely not neon background.

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This is crazy! What's your story? What's important in your painting and what's not?

You're giving all the attention to the background. Your foreground is the story.

Refocus.

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Yes, that is why I think the green is better than the red, it lets the focus stay on the glass. Doesn't mean I will paint the background that neon green, or that sharp, I won't be literally copying the photo.

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Great Idea, what is outside your window?
The colours coming in through the window will effect the colours in your stil-life. So I would chose the photo that is closer to the external reality, at least colour wise.

At the moment the green photo reads best with your shadows. The red looks out as there are no red influences in the shadows and reflections. If you want to go with the red park a large red van outside the window .


Dave.

Parking a large red van outside the window - I never thought of this but the concept is brilliant! Thanks Dave. Whatever I go with, putting something big in the backyard near the window, with the proper color cast, will help when I am painting the objects inside the window.


Now I have decided to paint both. Both will be challenging for different reasons.
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Re: Blue Things with Red or Green Scene?

It will be too busy if you use the red background, especially. I think you should make a serene sky with maybe a very thin small tree line, but big light blue/gray sky, and use that for your background, then focus on your bottles.
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