Los Tres Amigos by Nita Leland
The stark shapes of animal skulls hanging from a wall in an alley in Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico, caught my eye. I excluded most of the background and selected a color scheme of a complementary tetrad, four colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These are my favorite colors for southwestern subjects. I avoided picky detail to give an austere feeling to the picture, at the same time using the shapes of the horns to suggest ghostly rhythms.
This painting was a demo for Autumn 1999 Watercolor Magic magazine. Read chapter six of Exploring Color for more information on how to use color schemes.
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