Learn how to choose paint colors
beautiful, harmonious paintings
with only 3 or 4 colors.
There are so many colors to choose from.
- How do we choose paint colors for each painting?
This painting "Two Stripies" consists of only 3 colors, yellow, orange and blue.
Two Stripies - Banded Butterflyfish
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you're not the only one concerned about colors
- When I was learning to oil paint I didn't know how to choose paint colors. So I just used the colors the
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!
are you making these mistakes?
- I started buying watercolor paints and filled the new palette with lots of beautiful colors.
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.
it was still confusing with so many colors to choose from.
are your paintings harmonious?
When there are too many different colors in one painting, the painting becomes confusing because there is no
place for the eye to rest.
- The viewer's eyes jump from one color to another in a disconcerting manner.
how could i choose colors for each painting? Hmm....
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 came up with a plan -
Cut out the color scheme templates the same size as your color wheel.
These are the templates I cut out of newsprint years ago.