Make an Impact with Color and Light

by Lisa Larrabee

Nature's Compliment
Oil  36" x 24"
artist Lisa Larrabee

A color is enhanced by the contrast of it's compliment.
So is the calm after the storm.

My first step was to block in the general shapes and color.  Everything is painted in a mid value range.

Next, I blocked in my lightest values in the sky and added contrast with the darkest values of the field.

With the foundation dry, I was able to repaint over the entire painting knowing that I had already established the dark and light contrast.  I was able to focus on the relationship between the complimentary blue and orange hues and on finding a balance between detail and simplicity.

~ Lisa