Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Strawberries Two Ways

Who knew three little strawberries would give me so much trouble? After doing the sketch last week, I thought I'd attempt a collage with the same three berries. I usually do a complementary colour scheme for the background, so I went with a green background for the red strawberries. Wellll....the first green I chose was too bright and garish, so I covered it up with a more dull green. That turned out to be too dark, so did a wash of white over top. That made it kind of dull, so I added a wash of yellow. Now I had an olive green, which was kind of drab. I added some pink to tie in with the berries, which was okay....but, I wasn't really sure about it. Also the green tops of the berries didn't show up very well.

So, yesterday I thought I'd start all over. This time I chose a blue background. I think I like this one better, but as usual my camera hates all things blue or turquoise, so it doesn't show the completely correct colour here.

So here are the two versions:

Strawberries on Blue
6" X 6"
Gallery wrapped canvas

Edit: SOLD!

Strawberries on Olive Green
6" X 6"
Gallery wrapped canvas

Which do you like better?


  1. Strawberries on blue is my first choice! The complements of red and green in the second one seem at odds for me...

    1. Yes, I agree with you, Char! In theory it should have worked, but sometimes you just have to break with theory!