I like minimalist color schemes, and I also like painting with all earth tones. I like the saturation of earth tones. For example, blue and green are my favorites. Because I’m a fan of earth tones, I’ve also painted with yellow and grey in the past.
Paint by numbers is another way to work with earth tones. The contrast between a vibrant shade of blue, and a less-pink, less-cream shade of green would make for a spectacular backdrop. You can add depth and drama to your painting using depth of field, rather than using extreme values of any one color.
For me, the blue sky in front of a field of rich green grass and flowers is just so mesmerizing. I’ve found the use of earth tones like blue and green as supporting colors to be most effective in this respect. An earth tone like blue enhances the appeal of green.
I also use earth tones in painting my garden, as well as some of my other pictures, but I don’t like using them in the scheme or in the main image as much as I like them in the background. This is because I don’t feel that earth tones have enough impact for me to use it in both the scheme and the image itself.
So, what’s the solution? Well, I use blue, or, if I’m painting the garden, I use the greener colored earth tones as well. I use them only as supporting colors for green and the grass.
It’s so easy to paint with earth tones that you could do so while watching a relaxing DVD. As I watch some music, I turn the volume up, and paint. What a blissful way to unwind!
I actually didn’t know painters use this technique, either. I thought the use of earth tones and sky was limited to landscapes. Now I realize that there’s nothing more relaxing than watching a soothing dvd and then relaxing with a paintbrush.
I really like using earth tones to paint canvas backdrops. Earth tones in painting lend themselves to a single color scheme and muted, minimalist style of artwork. This is how I paint the greens, and yellows of my garden, and the greens and yellows of my paintings.
I use earth tones as my palette when I paint landscapes, as well as the slivers of the trees that surround my work. For example, I paint the trees to show tree branches, or the cracks in the trunk of the tree.
I also create the light source of my paintings using earth tones. Sometimes I’ll use a sky blue or aqua, or even sky gray. When painting outside, the sky should always have some green, or sky gray in it.
One thing I’ve learned is that there are different textures of earth tones, and the textures can be used to create different textures of canvas backgrounds. This will help me create a completely different canvas for each painting, based on the texture of earth tones. As I paint, I enjoy mixing and matching different textures and using the different earth tones.