Color Harmony in Landscapes

colorharmonyToo often we lose color harmony in landscapes because we insist on painting the local color of grass, mountains or trees instead of mixing a color that suggests the light. Local color has nothing to do with color temperature. These preconceived ideas about color can really hamper an artists progress.  Thinking in terms of how the light effects value and color give us a more accurate view and better harmony. The local color really doesn't have anything to do with it.

In this painting by Walter Sickert the first thing you notice is the suggestion of light and shadow in the painting not the local color of objects. It becomes secondary.

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