Lone Eucalyptus – Painting a Day

“Lone Eucalyptus” – 6.25″ x 11″ – watercolor on 140# paper

I wouldn’t have thought that a limited color scheme would grow on me, but it has. This is a place that I like to paint often – a wild arroyo area not far from our home. I especially like the tall solo eucalyptus that lords it over the wetlands. Many eucalyptuses are naturally blue-green in color, which would make the split complements red and orange (the direct complement would be red-orange.) So I decided to give it a try, just to see what would happen. I was surprised and pleased with the results, which is a lesson for me to keep an open mind when it comes to using color schemes rather than just copying what I see.

For comparison, here’s what the scene really looked like a few months ago when I took the picture:


  1. Cin
    February 26, 2007

    oh those colors! great to see the source and the interpretation, thanks!

  2. Casey
    February 27, 2007

    The color scheme works exceptionally well for this subject.

  3. Maureen
    March 7, 2007

    i agree – the colors you saw with your mind’s eye are even more alive than the colors that were “really” there. the complimentary scheme works to convey a kind of edginess, the eucalyptus’ blue shade and dominance in this little slice of landscape. I really like this one too.

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