Painting of the Week – Garden Course by Fargo Artist Ellen Jean Diederich
A Dominant color is Subtle when you Change the Value
You may be thinking about what flowers to plant in your garden this year. Like an artist, you can choose a dominant color. A mixed garden is so beautiful. This garden, from the Fargo Country Club, has a dominant color Red, but it varied greatly in value (light and dark – or pink to red) and harmonized with its neighbor’s orange and violet. In this painting, Red harmonizes all the way from Blue-Violet to Yellow-Orange and is brought out with its complement Green. Choosing a dominant color can really make your garden glow!
Choose a dominant color and really work to change its value to create variety of color.
I’ll be painting with Violet as a dominant color at the Stabo – at Corks & Canvas and it you will see a whole new range of colors that I am excited to work with. I will really be pushing the value differences with Red-Violet, Pinks, Blue-Violet etc. with an under glow of the complement Yellow in the Whites yet creating a cool dominant painting. My drawing is drawn out and ready to go and I hope you can stop by and see me paint this Thursday May 10th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Have a glass of wine and find out more about my workshops!
Sign up today for my “Joy of Color RED” workshop May 20-23 where you learn to manipulate a dominant color and make your paintings glow. Also learn about my “Beginning Watercolor” workshop July 23-26. These classes are held at the Holiday Inn, Fargo from 9:00am to 3:30 pm.