|'Snowed In' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I always choose my color palette before each painting but how do I decide what colors to choose?
That is where the analogous color wheel comes in handy. I use it to help be decide what colors will make a harmonious and pleasing color palette. Of course a traditional color wheel can help you choose colors and color schemes but I prefer the color relationships of the Munsell Color System which is what the Analogous Color Wheel is based on.
|Analogous Color Wheel Fun!|
If you look in my tray you can see I have a variety of blues and purples for the sky, shadows and trees. The complement is yellow to yellow orange which I used in the sky and snow. The discords are the spices. These are colors that add visual excitement but need to be used in small amounts. I introduced green by starting on a green piece of Canson paper. The red is used in the distant house.
This color wheel is not only useful for helping me choose my palette it is also useful for helping color gone bad! More on this later! I will also be releasing my latest Demo Download later this week. It is a Winter landscape and I will discuss using this tool for choosing colors in more depth.