Hello creative friends!
Today I am posting a little experiment I did recently with my latest Pastel ColorPlays.
(For more about how the Pastel ColorPlay Project started, see this post!)
PAPER COLOR: DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
I wanted to see what the differences would be if I used the SAME color scheme on DIFFERENT paper colors.
I have posted the progress shots and results below, but here is the summation of what I found:
First, the VALUE of the paper’s color, not just the hue, makes a pretty big difference! I was surprised at how different the exact same pastels looked on light-valued paper compared to mid-valued paper.
Here are shots of the paper scraps I used to test my preselected pastels. See how different some of the pastels look on the mid-value gray paper compared to the lighter paper? Some actually look like different colors!
(Both papers are Canson Mi-Teintes, one in gray and one a light yellow.)
The other thing I found was that while my intention was to apply the same hues and values in approximately the same locations for both paintings, working on different valued papers forced me to work in slightly different ways.
For example, on the mid-toned paper, it felt much easier to establish the darkest and lightest-valued areas; whereas, on the lighter-toned paper it felt like I was constantly having to go back and reestablish the darks and really work at having my lights “pop”. That was unexpected!
Now onto the ColorPlays….
COLOR SCHEME & HUES:
I chose to use an Analogous Complementary color scheme using the main hues of Orange, Yellow, and Yellow-Green with the complement of Red-Violet.
SIMPLE BLOCK-INS WITH RED-VIOLETS:
ADDING MORE COLOR:
THE COLORFUL RESULTS:
What do you think? I am partial to the painting done on the mid-toned paper. It is a little more somber, moodier, if you will. The painting done on the light-valued paper is brighter, sunnier. Different moods.
Thanks for stopping by to read about my latest play-time with color. I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to your comments and hearing about how you might be exploring color!
Till next time!