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Preview of Painting Cottonwood Trees using a Complimentary Palette 

This full length instructional DVD will take off from my concept lesson in color palettes. We will be working with the complimentary palette of Blues/violets and Oranges/yellow. As I stated in the concept lesson, your color choice can be in “families” rather than exact color opposites. I use Naples Yellow Light in the painting quite a bit and deepens my oranges/yellows with my favorite moderating color Raw Umber Violet.

If you have spent much time looking at any of my work, you know I love those Cottonwood Trees! I love the abstract shapes of them, I love the sky holes, I love that they are rough and wooly. There is also a rhythm to them that feels like musical timing to me, like a bass note moving consistently across the format. I have played horizontal again vertical with the grassy field in a way that imitates the complimentary palette that hopefully leaves some tension and movement through a very peaceful scene. I thought I might put a cow or two in, but changed my mind as the trees are my focus point and a cow might take away from that.