I think these paintings are more challenging. The paper, of course, is the star. What is added are measured strokes of paint, each more important in what it conveys. A single stroke of color can denote so much. What I wanted to study was the color of shadows.
I’ve used various mixes for my shadows. Some of my favorites are ultramarine with alizarin crimson. Sometimes I’ll use just plain indigo or for really gray days, payne’s gray. While the color of shadows may seem insignificant, I’ll think it goes a long way in conveying mood. That is, after all, what I strive for in addition to realism.
Today was a bright, sunny day despite the cold. Happy shadows? Today I chose alizarin crimson and Thalo blue to convey the color of snow.