stress out of choosing
the colors for your paintings
with the secrets of color selection
Select your color schemes with confidence.
Artists love color But -
there is such a bewildering array of colors!
what's the answer?
- Limit the number of colors in each painting.
A good color scheme will use only three or four colors for each painting.
Your paintings will have more cohesion and harmony. Your viewers will find pleasure in looking at your paintings.
Any additional colors are then mixed.
Your paintings will exhibit color harmony because the additional colors are mixed from your original color scheme.
Create harmonious paintings
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the secrets of color selection
first - you need a color wheel
- The best option is to paint a color wheel from the colors on your palette.
Or get a ready-made color wheel from Amazon
Paint the colors from your palette
second - make some color templates
- Make templates of the common color schemes painting artists use today.
Cut out your templates the same size as your color wheel.
Pictured here are the templates I made years ago. And I still use them today for every painting.
The color schemes I use most often are the Compliment + 1/2 Left and the Compliment + 1/2 Right.
The second most used template is the Split Compliment.
you're ready to choose your painting colors
- Try each template over your color wheel to find one that suits your individual painting.
After you select a color scheme, you will know what colors to use from your palette.
choose the main color
Here the main subject was the turtle. Burnt sienna, a red-orange was his dominant color.
choose a complimentary color
The compliment of burnt sienna is the blue-green. We need complimentary colors to mix the dark colors.
choose a third color
Yellow was great for the sunlight areas of the painting. Some color schemes may include another color or two.
Compliment + One Half Left
how to get ready to paint
- Clip the template to your color wheel.
- Refer to it and lay out the selected colors on your palette.
The color schemes will keep you on track and give you beautiful, harmonious paintings.
These have been my go-to color schemes for over twenty years and I am happy to
Make your own color wheel and painting color