Saturday, May 2, 2009

Color Harmony

After a long period of time of painting mostly landscapes, I felt itchy to do some figure again.
This nude was painted from a photo I had kept in my "2 paint folder" since a while. It's composition had attracted me from the very beginning and I am planning to do at least four of that theme and shape, 1 meter square, in the near future.
Olga started out with much stronger colors and a much more pure blue background, however, as the painting progressed, I decided to keep the color harmony much closer, in a middle key of chroma and mainly in cool tones with just enough warm reflected light to explain volume and to keep it interesting.
Given the relatively large area of background, I worked with very wide brushes from the hardware store, which gave the surface an unexpectedly beautiful texture.