the value of colors
Different colors reflect or absorb more or less light. Yellow reflects
the most light of any color. The light bounces back off the color into
our eyes. This makes the color look lighter to us.
Purple is the darkest color. It adsorbs most of the light rays. Very
little light bounces back to our eyes. So the color looks very dark to
There is no rule that says a person has to paint something its actual natural color.
As artists we have an artistic license. We don't have to follow the laws of nature. We can change things to suit our artistic eye.
I love color and a painting will work no matter what colors you use. It will work as long as you use light against dark.
Dolphins are actually gray. Plain old gray is boring to me. So I
changed it out and painted the mother dolphin purple. And I painted the
baby dolphin pink and turquoise.
Grey-scale showing the light and dark colors.
The baby dolphin
shows up even though the mother and baby are overlapping each other. It
works because pink is a lighter color than purple. The color variation separated the two dolphins.
Look at the painting in color. Lower your eyelids and look at it. Did you see what shows in the gray scale of the painting?