There are so many colors to choose from.
This painting "Two Stripies" consists of only 3 colors, yellow, orange and blue.
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About twenty years ago, someone gave me a Christmas present with watercolor paintings on it. I was intrigued and wanted to give watercolor a try.
Watercolors here I came - I jumped in full-force!
Someone gave me a used rectangular watercolor palette. I filled it with paints. But it was a bit cumbersome to me. I was always hunting for certain colors.
So I purchased a round palette that held twenty-four colors arranged like the color wheel. There was extra space in the corners to hold an additional eight colors.
It was easy to organize and find the colors in the new palette. I was so pleased.
When there are too many different colors in one painting, the painting becomes confusing because there is no place for the eye to rest.
So, I started reading thru my painting library. I needed to learn how to choose paint colors.
After studying the work of professional artists and reading everything I
could get my hands on about color.
I made a color wheel.
Poster board or any heavy type of paper would work fine to make your color wheel.
I painted twelve colors on the color wheel from the paints I was using.
There is a warm and cool version of each of the six basic rainbow colors.
The color wheel is over twenty years old. I still use it today for all my watercolor and oil paintings.
Cut out the color scheme templates the same size as your color wheel.
These are the templates I cut out of newsprint years ago.
Decide on the main color of the focal point of your proposed painting.
A scheme with complimentary colors makes it easy to mix darks.
After the color scheme is selected, I paper clip it to my color wheel. Only my selected three or four colors will show.
I keep the selection in front of me while I'm painting. Then I am not tempted to use all the other colors from my palette.
Today I still use the same color wheel and templates to choose the colors for my paintings.