This is the first of, or a study for, a possible series of still life paintings featuring oranges. I usually think more intuitively about colour; just using combinations which I like but after finishing this one it occured to me that it might fall into one of a number of classic colour schemes. Doing a little research I discovered that I had used a version of the "split complimentary" scheme. What this means is that instead of using two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel (in this case orange and blue), you use one colour and two colours on each side of its compliment. Without really thinking about it or planning (again, just because I happen to like these colours) I used orange (obviously for the oranges) and then violet (or purple, even though technically I think there is a subtle difference between the two) and Prussian Blue with is slightly to the green side of blue.
Even though as I say I didn't plan it out this way I did consciously use the blue-green toward the end as a contrast to the violet.
The painting is 9.5 x 12'' and available for $15o. Let me know.
I am a painter in both watercolour and oils who also works in the film and television industry as an Art Director/Production Designer. I enjoy doing small plein aire paintings in oils and larger watercolours in the studio.