using color in our paintings
There are warm colors and cool colors on the color wheel.
Red, orange and yellow are considered warm colors. They appear to advance forward in the painting.
Blue, green and sometimes violet are normally considered cool. They recede into the distance.
How do we create distance in our paintings?
We normally do our paintings on a
two dimensional surface of canvas or paper.
When we look into the distance colors get lighter. They also get
cooler. Suppose we have a yellow field of flowers. Even though yellow is
a warm color, it will get cooler as it goes into the distance.
How do we create the
illusion of distance and depth in our two dimensional painting?
We do this by using warm colors up close
and cool colors for the distance.
In the painting "Springtime" warm colors show that sunlight is shining on the mountains.
The addition of blue moves the mountains into the distance.
creating forms in our paintings
How do we show the form of an object?
Paint the main part of the object that comes toward us with a
We painted cooler and darker colors on the edge of the mangoes to show them turning away from our view.
But you say red and orange are both warm colors. You
are correct. However orange is a bit warmer than red and yellow is warmer than orange.
If the edge has bright light shining on it, you won't paint it darker, but still paint it cooler to show it turning away.