|'Waiting for Winter' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Color sense can be developed. The more we know about color...the more we understand the color wheel and color relationships....the more fluent we will be with using interesting and exciting color. No, it does not always come easily but it can be nurtured.
Color wheels and other tools can help and I have a favorite.
It is called the Original Hal Reid Analogous Color Wheel.
|Using the Analogous Color Wheel|
Here is a link:http://www.kemstudios.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-favorite-color-tool.html
I decided to use this color wheel for today's pastel class demo. We are working on Color and color schemes. We worked on monochromatic, complementary and triadic schemes before trying an analogous color scheme.
I love working with analogous color.....using colors that are next to one another on the color wheel. They are restful, calming and work well for many landscapes. The problem is they can also be a bit too restful and calm. Sometimes they seem to lack a little punch or excitement.
The Analogous Color Wheel comes to the rescue by suggesting colors that will add to the scheme and create a more pleasing painting. According to the information printed on the wheel "... a painting should have most of its colors on one part of the color wheel along with neutral grays to enhance them and a small amount of the dominant hues's correct complement."
How does the wheel work?
For today's demo I decided to use the wheel to create a more interesting analogous scheme....I call it Analogous Plus.
- I am disregarding the colors in the reference photo and I choose Green, Yellow Green and Blue Green as the dominant hues. I turn the wheel placing them at the top.
- The wheel suggests that the complement of the green is red violet (not that this wheel is based on the Munsell color system (another blog topic!)
- I decide to use the complement of Red violet for the first layer (underpainting) I use 4 values of red-violet.
- I used various values of green, blue green and yellow green to develop the painting. I use both pure intense green and grayed down neutral greens.
- Discords are also suggested by the wheel. Discords are the spices....colors used in small amounts often near the center of interest. Discords add interst (spice) to the painting. The discords suggested for my scheme is red-orange and blue-violet. Can you see where I used them in my painting?