Wow – Day 24 already in the May “Create and Post Everyday” Challenge! What’s the agenda today? Diving into the deep inviting cobalt blue lake surrounded by a warm golden burnt sienna cliff face. “The Blue Lake,” acrylic abstract!
The deep blue was created with a combination of cobalt blue, ultramarine blue and a pinch of white.
Escarpment rocks, hills.
The craggy hills and rockery needed a blend of burnt umber, quinacridone burnt sienna, and quinacridone gold.
These were skimmed over a prepared canvas. I’d already gessoed it to create plenty of texture!
I took advantage of complementary pairings in this acrylic abstract painting.
The orange and browns complement the blue, balancing the image.
Blue and Orange have been my favourite color pairing for years. I love bird of paradise flowers for that reason.
These colors resonate with me and just seem to be “Happy Colors.”
There are 3 complementary pairs
- blue and orange
- yellow and purple
- red and green
If I have a painting a bit too strong in one color (perhaps a purple…) then to balance it up, I’d dash in a jot or two of its complement (yellow.)
This method helps to relieve any tension and enliven some boring areas and paintings.
Deciding a Design Format
This is a square version, cropped a little closer with tighter detail.
As I mentioned in Flames of a Flower, I like to alter my formats.
See what my options are. What will look best.
Its kind of like trying on 2-3 dresses, to see which one looks right on the day.
Blue Lake Acrylic Abstract was a great exercise in using complementary pairs. It also gave me the opportunity to use a variety of textural approaches.
I made the blue lake look more flat and subtle, simply by moving the textured strokes horizontally. And very evenly all the way across the painting.
Blue Lake Acrylic Abstract painting used a simple palette. Focusing more on color and texture than on specific representational objects.
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