- Instead of thinking about warm versus cool colors, try thinking intense versus dull. Let an intense color "pop" against a grayed or non-intense color.
- Never use only one color where two or more will do much better. Two greens for a tree. Three blues in a sky.
- Begin your painting with the color idea first. Think, "this painting will be a triadic composition of yellow, blue-violet and red-violet". And that means DON'T PAINT ANYTHING BY IT'S LOCAL COLOR. If you must make something it's local color, do so at the end of the painting.
- Try a session where you don't use any browns (sepia, umber, ocher, etc.). It will improve the overall intensity of a painting.
- If you are familiar with painting in the abstract, do an abstract with the colors you are thinking of. Why not use those for your next realist work, too?
Thursday, April 3, 2008
5 4 Friday - Color