On the Easel Today

12×9 Color Study 

I am getting started on the underpainting for “Mill Stream Fishermen,” a 48″ x 36″ canvas which will hang in a dining room here in Orange County. I have done a composition in PhotoShop, and a quarter-scale color study. I’ve sketched the shapes on the canvas with thin paint.

Digital Color Wheel

Gamut Mask

Recently, I bought James Gurney’s book, Color and Light. Following his guidelines on Gamut Mapping, I created a digital color wheel in Illustrator that mixes twelve colors with each of their complements to reach neutral gray in the center. I then placed a Gamut Mask over the wheel that limits the colors I will premix and use on the painting. The purpose of this is to create color harmony in the painting, and also stay in harmony with the surroundings where the painting will hang.

It will be fun to see how the painting progresses… stay tuned!

One Comment:

  1. This is really helpful, Alice. I made a color wheel in another class, but need to study it more. I might need to check out this book!

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