|Hiding by April M. Rimpo|
Below is the color scheme I chose for the painting. This is a tetrad, which is a combination of four colors. In this case, it consists of two sets of complementary colors. My goal is for the predominantly golden/tan tetrad with purple and cerulean/pthalo blue complements to make the foliage an interesting abstract. I included some greens which were created by combining the blue with the yellow and golden pigments. I find pthalo blue creates beautiful greens when combined with nearly any yellow pigment. By using the same pigments, the green shades are cohesive with the other colors.
I used my favorite site, colorschemedesigner.com, to select the tetrad. This site is free and is a wonderful resource for playing with colors before beginning a painting. Once I've selected the colors I then select my watercolor and acrylic pigments and often do some color swatches to ensure the pigments play well together without creating muddy colors.
OK have you found my hidden star? He is using his camouflage to hide in the foliage yet he has a great view of the world around him. I wanted this painting to emphasize the concept of hiding since this critter loves to hide. I abstracted the foliage enough to make it readable as foliage without details that would make you focus on any one part of the foliage. The only part that is detailed is my mystery star, but he is camouflaged in the ground cover and partially hidden behind the plants above him.
Have you found the cat? By shifting the color of the cat to include non-standard purples the camouflage is enhanced. The same purple is used with varying color shifts in all the shadows throughout the painting. Let me know if you found the cat before I told you.