create distance in your paintings
Paintings are usually done on a
two dimensional surface, such as canvas or paper.
We use color to create the
illusion of distance and depth in our two dimensional paintings.
- Colors get lighter and cooler when they move into the distance.
Use warm colors up close in the foreground portions of the painting.
Use cool colors for the distance.
In the painting "Springtime" warm colors show the sunlight shining on the mountains. Adding blue and lightening the colors moves the mountains into the distance.
select your paint colors
- Use a warm and cool version of each of the six basic colors of the color wheel.
These are the natural colors found in the rainbow.
When you include a warm and cool version of the six basic colors, it is easier to mix additional colors.
Examples of the colors on my watercolor and oil palettes
Painting with a limited palette of the primary colors (yellow, red and blue) is a great way to learn about color.
- Use Cadmium Yellow Light, Permanent Rose or Cadmium Red medium and Ultramarine Blue, plus white.
An expanded palette of a warm and cool version of each primary makes it easier to mix other colors.
- There is no need for black on your palette. It is easy to mix black, brown or grey
from complimentary colors on the color wheel.
a great tool for artist
Use the color wheel to select the colors for your paint palette.
We use it to choose color schemes for individual paintings.
We use it for mixing colors while we are painting.
Color gives life to our paintings.
the color wheel is our key to beautiful paintings
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