Day 5 and refreshing my color theory this week is blowing my mind!
I was reminded by my current teacher and art mentor, Jill Saur, to mix complementary colors for shadows. OH MY GOODNESS is this changing my painting approach! Instead of reaching for a variety of colors to complete this painting, I used only red, yellow, and blue, with a little white*. I wanted a vibrant background so I chose orange...red + yellow. What complements orange? Purple...red + blue. How did I make the brown for the hot fudge swirled in the whipped cream? Orange + blue. And since all of the colors are used throughout, they are harmonious.
And yes, the actual hot cocoa was supremely tasty! :-)
8 x 10 acrylics on stretched canvas
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*Specific paints used: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White. Liquitex or Golden brands, Heavy Body Professional Acrylics.