Hello fellow painters
I've spent quite a bit of time trying to set up in such a way as to comply with the Carder methodology. The big hurdle so far has been using a palette of just five colors. It is very tricky to get the color you want when using just 5 colors to mix up your excact tone and value. I'm sure you are all aware of this. It remains my big hurdle.
In the painting I am posting with this post, I found trying to match the color of the grass in the vase to be very difficult. I could list several mixes that I tried that did not work, but why be boring. I would appreciate any input you may have on how to get that exact color from the 5 paints palette.
Another big hurdle is how to make the back ground interesting. Varying the brush strokes is what I have come away with so far. The "abstraction", as Mark calls it. Do you think going back to the palette and micro mixing a tiny variation of your main color for the background, in this case black, for each brush stroke,
would be a way to create plausible abstraction. I did not do that, instead just mixing up two tones of black, and putting them on with various brush strokes. Any thoughts on that would probably be helpful.
ps: I loaded several photos with the intent of removing some of them, but cannot find out how to do that. Sorry for the clutter. Let me know if there is a way to remove some of these poor photos.