|'My Happy Place' 12x15 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available for purchase $165
Wouldn't it be a great if we had recipes for color palettes?
We do and they are known as Color Schemes. These are tried and true arrangements of color based upon how they relate to one another on a color wheel. The most common color schemes are monochromatic, complementary, analogous , triadic and square (tetrads). These are pretty straight forward. It gets more interesting when we expand and combine these basic schemes. How about split complementary or cross complementary tetrad? They sound complicated but with the help of a color wheel and making color notes it is easy to use these schemes to help choose a color palette.
There are many good books on color theory and color that address color schemes and how to use them but here are a couple of my favorite resources:
Book: 'Confident Color An Artist's Guide to Harmony,Contrast and Unity' by Nita Leland
website/blog: www.brandigirlblog.com Color Theory made simple
|my reference photo|
Tip: When trying a new color scheme use a color wheel and choose your dominant color first. Use a test trip to make color notes so you can keep track of the colors in your scheme. I will also often do a quick color study to work out possible arrangements of colors.
|test sheet with color studies|