Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pushing the temperature

When I began thinking of this painting, I knew I wanted to really push the temperature on the lion - make her very warm to contrast with the cool hue of the rocks. Cadmium orange, burnt sienna, burnt umber, and a little naples yellow and cadmium yellow deep were some of my warm colors. For the shadowed "white" fur, I used some of my sky color.
I purposely have other warmth in the painting so the lion doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. You can see some other warm colors in the base of the center grasses and dried leaves, the left-center small tuft of grass, some places in the rocks (most notably in the upper boulder) and in the right-center grasses.

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