This is painted with only two colors which are really an orange and a blue. Those colors are opposites on the color wheel which means they look great together AND they make wonderful grays that can look more cool (with more blue) or warm (with more orange). The two colors are cobalt blue and quinacridone burnt orange.
Back to my favorite color combination and subject matter! For some reason I’m fascinated with pinecones and although they aren’t easy to sketch, and I get “lost” in the layers and edges as they wind their way around the cone, I do love them.
This is a painting of double pinecones that are still connected to their original branch, but you can’t see the branch because it’s behind them. I love how due to the elements one is stripped down to the center core for most of it, while the other is whole.
I’ve included the sketch from my sketchbook to show you how the process started. in sketchbook, working on getting the values (lights and darks) and the shapes