Color Demo

Quick demos - not even pretending to be finished paintings.

What I was trying to show here was how we can unify shapes in a painting by carrying colors around the composition. The primary colors on the left show how I put all three primaries in each shape to "pull" the shapes together. The example on the right, done pretty much in secondary colors, shows the same principle - there is pink in the oranges, and orange in the pink flowers. This keeps our eye traveling around the painting instead of zeroing in on one color and then another. Maybe we could call this "unity and flow".

I think a flat color is a flat shape. I am conscious of this in every painting I do. I'm not always conscious of anything else, but what the heck.


Mickie said...

This is great. I love it. You always seem to have a simple approach that I can learn so much from. (I tend to spend too much time on details.)

Catherine said...

Thanks Mickie. Do a quick contour drawing and then paint with at least a number 14 brush. Liberating.

Marpia said...

Wow! What great motivators those journal pages are!
Thanks for sharing and for your encouraging words of wisdom.