I've had this little jar for a few years now. It's one of my favorites. It's small and a neat little shape that adds interest to still-life. As I was painting, it occurred to me how much I refer to the colour wheel while I paint. This little 4x5 painting is created primarily with blues and greens.
Knowing the colour wheel well keeps me from naming colours - like turquoise, or olive, or crisp-from-the-fridge-ready-to-eat-celery-green. I think about a colour's temperature - and temperature is what makes the secondary colours so fun. Green doesn't have to be just green, it can be a cool yellow, or a warm blue. It's a shadow on a brown twig or light hitting blue glass. You're probably thinking "but green IS a cool colour". It is - generally. Each colour's temperature is relative to the one next to it - it is either warmer than, or cooler than, both on the wheel and in your painting. The next time you're painting, ask yourself this question "where does this colour sit on the wheel - is it cooler or warmer than the one next to it?". That simple question can help you choose your colours wisely and create a light-filled painting.
I hope you're enjoying this series - I am! If there is a still-life item you'd like me to demo ... go ahead and leave a comment. I'd like to know what you're working on, and share my approach with you. :)
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