my color education
I learned to paint with oil paints. I just used the colors the instructor said. Sometimes I looked at an object and used what seemed appropriate.
Then just before the turn of the century, about twenty years ago, someone gave me a Christmas present of a calendar with watercolor paintings on it. I was intrigued and I wanted to give watercolor a try.
Back then I never had heard of odorless stuff to clean my oil paint brushes. It was winter and I didn't want to open the window for ventilation.
So watercolors - here I came!
Two Stripies - Banded Butterfly Fish
i got more colors
I started buying watercolor paints. Someone gave me a used rectangular watercolor palette. I filled it with paints, but I was always hunting for certain colors. It was a bit cumbersome to me.
So I purchased a round palette that held twenty-four colors with extra space in the corners to hold an additional eight colors. I was so pleased with my new palette and all the beautiful colors.
it was confusing
I liked all the beautiful colors, but it was confusing to paint with so many colors.
i knew, if you use too many different colors in one painting, the painting has no
It is 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.
I needed to figure out how to choose painting colors! Hmm -
So I started reading, studying and pouring
thru my painting library. I was searching for how to choose painting colors.
I came up with a plan!