|6x6 oil on linen Cactus Color Study for Larger Painting|
Two of my favorite color strategies are color dominance and color complements. I could easily spend the rest of my studio life exploring just these two endless color journeys. I have a tendency to include the entire spectrum when I paint (that fresh palette is just so darn tempting!) so having a color game plan gives me focus.
|"Green Finch" 6x6 oil on linen color study (note the warm toned canvas)|
Using a complement color pair is another almost no fail way to insure your colors look brighter, richer, cleaner. (I took some cues from "Mother Nature" for my magenta and emerald prickly pear cactus study above.)
|Did you think chocolate or cake first?|
Speaking of contests, color dominance or complement pairs can help give your work that extra “punch" when you need your painting to quickly get attention such as a juried competition or in a thumbnail size.
Ever wonder what colors you use too much/too little of? Color Explorer is a free color analysis program that allows you to "extract" the colors from your image (or painting). I found it fascinating to upload some of my favorite masterpieces (such as a Van Gogh, Bonnard, O’Keeffe, etc.) and look at the color tendencies. Thanks and have fantastic week finding color in your world!