This image is from a project for a Color Theory class I took at Sessions College for Professional Design.
Here’s a synopsis of what I did: I took a photo of the fountain in Forsyth Park and converted it to grayscale. Using various paintbrushes and opacities, I blocked in the shape of the fountain with different shades of gray. The black fence was next. As for the trees and background, I chose drab colors: grays, olive greens, browns. These are all hues you’ll see around Savannah, from the Spanish moss to the live oaks.
The area has a muted, subdued color palette. I lightened up some of the green hues to give the hint of sunlight shining through the middle of the trees onto the fountain. The colors in the foreground (tree branches, hedges in front of the fence) get a little more vivid to offer some contrast and a better sense of depth.
I darkened the edges in the foreground and background, and used warm, light colors in the middle background to also create contrast and depth, and to push the fountain closer to the foreground.
Software used: Photoshop CS4