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Close Values, Color Harmony

Morning Lavender, oil/panel, 30x40
The subject of this painting is pre-dawn light. This particular morning, there was a hazy and atmorspheric umbrella over my motif. The sun is not yet up, but will soon rise behind the trees. The color that is made visible in the land and in the sky is all from the approaching sunrise. The sky is always key to the color structure of a painting. The entire painting is a repetition of all the color from the sky. This morning, all the delicate sky colors; pinks, greens, lavenders, blues and some yellows were all mellow and very much in the same value space. In light such as this, nature often gives you close values with a wide range of color. Within any given shape, the value remains somewhat constant but the color is extremely varied.
This is a good example of close values and color shifts. For example, the upper band of sky is one value and moves left to right -- warm to cool to give it visual interest. The same thing happens in the vertical tree mass …