|'Under the Spell' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Every Painting Needs a Little Spice
I like to say that every painting needs a little spice. Sometimes a color note or a bold mark....something unexpected and enjoyable. Like herbs and spices when cooking....
Used properly they will enhance a dish. Used in the wrong amount or in at the wrong time in the cooking process they can ruin a dish. The same is true for those color notes. The wrong colors or too much can hurt a painting rather than help it.
|Using the Analogous Color Wheel to find my Spices|
Painters who choose random colors or just keep adding colors to a painting hoping to make it better risk color chaos. If you have a boring painting or one that just 'needs' something....you need to know your spices. It is better to know what colors will work as spices rather than just guess.
I love using the Analogous Color Wheel to Choose my Spices
- For spices I often turn to using the discords of my dominant colors in the painting. The Analogous wheel makes it easy to find them, just dial in your dominant color!
- The discords are colors that located equidistant on the color wheel from the dominant hue and from each other.
- They add visual excitement (spice).
- They need to be used in small amounts and in the right place....usually in an area of interest.
- Like herbs and spices they can be added in the beginning and cooked in the layers of pastel or they can be added at the end.
- It is very easy to over spice a painting. Go slow and easy and step back as you add spices to make sure you aren't overdoing it.
How did I use the Color Wheel to choose my colors for this painting?
I worked on Uart 800 and blocked in the painting with Nupastel rubbed in with pipe insulation. I decided my dominant color was yellow orange with the complement blue. The discords were red violet and blue green. I used red violet for the block in. It got cooked and only shows in a few places. At the finish of the painting I added a few small touches of the red violet and blue green for my finishes touches.