Hi guys, ever done this before? Take a scene and try different coloured lighting in it - one cool, one warm. Very 'enlightening'. This is to give the client a colour choice in the final large painting, to try out slightly different composition options and also to satisfy my own curiosity. Personally I prefer the one on the right, so I'm hoping the client will choose that one. Which one do you prefer?


Oh here's another way to try different colour schemes: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/gamutmask.php


All the best,


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Comment by Merewyn Heath on March 4, 2011 at 6:20
At the risk of sounding redundant, I'm partial to the one on the left which offers points of detailed interest for the eye to settle on. The image on the right seems to provide an overall feeling of warmth but it offers most details in the foreground and doesn't beckon a lingering exploration. Both lovely!
Comment by Ralph Huston on March 3, 2011 at 13:04
The painting on the left has more pop to it. It says I am here and the definition is to my liking. My mind keeps wanting to add something to the warm coloured one. Ralph Huston
Comment by Richard Robinson on March 3, 2011 at 9:39
Thanks for all the great comments guys. What I should have mentioned is that the one on the left is 11x14" and the other is 10x8", so there's less detail in it, which might be swaying opinions somewhat. The client has chosen the blue one, so I'll let you know how that works out.
Comment by diane boucher on March 3, 2011 at 9:34

The more I look at the cool painting I like the look you have achieved with the shading. It draws you up the hill like someone has already been walking there. The shading in the warm hill looks more like the wind has shifted the sand and I am not drawn into the picture so much

. Now look what you have caused. Such deep thinking about your painting :):) If only I could lay my brush to canvas as well (sigh)

Comment by Vivien Blackshaw on March 3, 2011 at 9:19
I especially like the highlight over the background hills of the warm tone painting. Perhaps some more spiky detailed grass in foreground sand dune would combine the best features of both paintings.
Comment by Hazel Persson on March 3, 2011 at 7:50
The colours of the warm one grab me more but I like the foreground grass arrangement and steepness of the sandhill in the cooler painting. That said, I would be delighted to hang either on my wall.
Comment by summer on March 3, 2011 at 1:19
I like the one on the right also . the warmth is always a confort to the eye .
Comment by nigel necklen on March 3, 2011 at 0:09
mmmm!  have to say its a very interesting choice.   i too prefer the cool look  looks like a great place. love to vist one day
Comment by aram b habit on March 3, 2011 at 0:09

Yes Richard, the warm one moved my feelings more than the cool one .

Comment by Linda Cooper on March 2, 2011 at 20:56
Yes me too. I prefer the cool one with slightly more detail. Mmmn  very interesting! thanks for sharing.


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