Troy Kilgore lives near Brown County, Indiana, one of the best places to enjoy fall foliage. He holds workshops on how to depict fall colors, and he has a philosophy about that.

Lead Image: “Sample Gates, Fall,” by Troy Kilgore, 2015, oil, 9 x 12 in.

“My approach to color en plein air is to identify the color of influence, whether it be the sun, sky, reflected light, or the radiance of autumn’s leaves,” says Kilgore. “I then orient all my mixtures toward that color until it’s safe to add the necessary complements. My conclusion: The fineness of your coloring depends much upon your skill at riding the edge between harmony and discord.”


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