|"Coastal Tide" watercolor on YUPO (collection artist)|
Since I’ve taken a bit of side trip into watercolor land during the 30 day challenge I’ve been re-reading some of my watercolor books. I have some wonderful books but over the years they've taken a bit of a "back shelf” to my oil painting books. (Which reminds me, if anyone has read the new Alla Prima II yet I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!)
Last night I was reading Watercolor Free & Easy by Washington based painter Eric Wiegardt. Since I love color I tend to skip to the color chapters read those first—like eating the cream in the Oreo! In this book, I particularly liked the section about having a “Personal Color Sense” or “Color Instinct” if you will.
That’s a great question. Some of that answer for me is “intuition” and painting—a lot. But in addition, Wiegardt offers some helpful questions to help you select a color that works best for your painting and not necessarily the one you see in front of you:
- What color best expresses the painting’s mood and/or emotion?
- What temperature dominance makes sense (note the colors follow this choice)/
- Could I use complements to add excitement and interest?
- Are all my colors the right intensity? Should some be brighter or grayer?
- Is there an overall “mother” color or tone that would work well? (Think of a night café scene.)
- Is there some “bounced” color I could take advantage of?
So the rest of the week I plan to keep this idea of color choice in mind as I hope to finish out the challenge month with at least a few more posts.
P.S. Thanks Rick B. for lending me his lovely Oregon coast sketch/photo (as well as some salt!) for my YUPO landscape painting today!