Finally we get to choose the medium we want to work in for our Color Theory class. We were also permitted to pick a picture from a pile the teacher laid out. I chose Paul Gauguin.
Project: Abstract the painting down to 5 basic colors and match them (term: local color). 2nd rendition: change the mood by changing those 5 colors (expressive color).
This was so easy that sometimes I wonder if I am missing the point somewhere!
Original is Paul Gauguin’s The Flageolet Player on the Cliff.
I pulled out a square portion of the painting to simplify the 5 colors so it looks abstract.
On the left I used pastels to create the local color. On the right I used watercolors on Arches very thick watercolor paper (the only way to paint with watercolors!) to create the expressive version. The only thing I would have changed is to do the expressive in more of a blue tint, shade, and tone to represent nighttime a bit more specifically.