Sunday, July 31, 2011

My left foot

I gave myself some homework this evening of experimenting with a limited palette of ultramarine blue, orange, ochre, white and black. We were experimenting with this in school and using a limited palette often resulted in more muted and realistic looking flesh tones. I read in an art book that the purpose isn't so much to emulate the colours you see but to play with the relationships of warm and cool tones. I decided to experiment using my foot as a model, feeling very frustrated initially because of the colours I wasn't achieving that I would normally get with a full palette but as I continued I came to realize what the book had been saying about warm and cool tones and from there it just became easier for me to complete the painting.

I actually wasn't standing and looking down at my foot but was sitting down with my foot elevated on a stool. It was a weird angle to look at my own foot but when I turned it upside down it looked perfectly like a standing foot. Kind of a neat visual trick.

And here is my palette:

I have to say that I really liked the results from this experiment and would like to try them out on an actual portrait. Outside of school it's very difficult to get regular access to a variety of if anyone reading this would like to sit for me please email me at

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