I've made two of my four season palettes so far. They take quite a long time and require a good deal of concentration so am pausing for a bit or I'll never ever complete Assignment 1. I hope to finish the last two by the end of next week. The palettes are:
It was very tempting to do a palette for each season that had all the core seasonal colours in it, and only those - an 'essence of Autumn' for example, all reds and golds and a bit of mist. And maybe I'll do some of those in due course. These, though, are meant to represent the main natural colours for each season, and to give a sense of the changes from season to season. So winter is mostly earth and sky and brown trees. There is a little green for grasses and evergreens, a cold sea green, and some berry and deeper tones. There is a very pale pink for pale cold sunsets and also bleached seed heads and plant material. And a little soft yellow for early daffodils and crocuses.
Autumn has more colour in the sky tones, and a good number of soft light tones for seasonal mists, with lots of reds and golds and some warm greens to represent mellow fruitfulness. Earth tones are warmish. There's not as much brown as in Winter, but more than you'll see in Summer, when the earth is covered in abundant colour.
I've found these quite good fun to do. As I said above they're surprisingly hard to get right as you really have to think about the season and have a clear idea in your own head about how it looks, and have an idea of how to translate that into a relatively small number of colours. I have wondered if it's just fun or will actually help in the seasonal exercise. But having now done the first set of pictures I have to say that I found Autumn and Winter much easier to get right than Spring and Summer. there might be any number of reasons for that but I like to think that maybe taking time out to get a clear idea in my head of what thsoe seasons look like has helped. Anyway, back to have another go at my Spring and Summer pictures.