Painting of tug boats moored next to the Vancouver Ports, view from Crab Park.
The struggle: the harmonization of the overall blue tones with the punctuating browns of the pier and the reds of the life saving equipment on the tugs.
The secret: Keeping the blues just slightly tinted with red so that there were notes available to harmonize the reds. At times I have used dashes of unadulterated blue but this was mostly in the tugs themselves which needed to have the feeling of reflected light. A little dash of magic is the green to the left of the pier, as the complimentary of red this enlivens it and brings the little dab of salt needed to the work.