Sunday, August 10, 2014

Delphinium, and tonal 'pop'

 Jug, Delphinium & plums on blue
24X18 Acrylic on panel
I love those dark plums on the blue tablecloth and the mix of warm and cool colors throughout the painting. I wanted to keep the 'color play' across this painting pretty loose and fun. 

I knew I wanted a strong contrast of tone for the flowers against their background and I wanted interesting counter change from foreground to background. Colors resolved themselves throughout the painting from that original idea.

I think I did a pretty good job of achieving this marrying; the jug with the background colors, and using the colors within the chair to play between foreground elements and the background. I originally planned the plums to be lighter in hue (perhaps closer to the purple chair), but as I completed the painting I realized they would be stronger if I gave them a powerful 'pop' of a strong tonal change next to the rich blue cloth.