I always have a struggle with value. It just isn't something that comes naturally to me when I work with color. I have enough color theory at the forefront of my brain to intuitively know what colors *match* and what *complements* but even as far back as my studies in college my professor criticized the lack of value in my painting. He kept saying it looked flat. I thought it looked spot on and had no idea what he was talking about. To me - flat looked good. This is probably why I shied away from color altogether after that experience because it was just safer than defending my preferences for flat.
When I chose this palette I wanted something soft and muted...but as it sat on my shelf and I worked on other projects around it I wondered if it was a bit flat. All the colors are largely in the medium range. I played around with a few layouts via computer and it still reads pretty medium all around. But, is that what I want? Does that give me the soft look I want? Do I have to stick with all mediums?
Option: Flat Different Layout
So I looked in my stash and thought about adding Kona Eggplant. It would add a dark and pick up some of the purples in the other prints.
Option: Eggplant & Beige & Peach
The purple really stands out and everything else fades. It just becomes Dark and Medium. Plus, it is no longer soft.
Option: Daisy & Beige & Peach
Then I cut the purple and added the Posy Bouquet in Daisy which reads closer to white. I left in a beigey print. Still soft, but I missed the depth, maybe warmth, that the purple added.
Option: Eggplant & Daisy & Peach
THEN...I cut out all the beige, left in the peaches because I really do love all of those ranges, kept in the Posy Bouquet in Daisy AND the Kona Eggplant.
This is where I am now. I'm leaning towards this last option because it is still sweet, but warm, and tender. I think I'd use the eggplant sparingly but enough to add depth. Maybe more cream and less peach?
Clearly I need to mull this over before I cut anything... I am thinking of adding at least a peak of yellow if not an all yellow binding to really make it that little sweet girly feel I am trying to get. I tried adding it within the layout and it really popped too much making it a much louder composition than I am going for.
[Miss O pretty much wears all pink with a yellow sweater/hat these days!]
Critique Please? What are your thoughts? Which Option and why...or is there something else I haven't considered?
- rebecca lynne