Monday, December 28, 2009


RED is considered to be our psychologically dominant warm color and BLUE is considered to be our dominant cool color.The uses of the psychological categorizing of color is very important to us as mixers and users of color.I think of red as a symbol of fire and heat and blue as a symbol of water,ice,sky and coolness.Yellow is also considered a warming color,we are thinking of its a sunlight and therefore some yellow on the farm side actually appear to enhance the temperature of color to which they are added.A cool yellow such as Lemon Yellow will lighter a color but will not warm.that color like Cadmium Yellow Light or Cadmium Yellow Medium(Lemon Yellow is a greenish yellow) when thinking of warm/cool colors.I must also think of time of day.Morning colors are usually cooler than midday and afternoon colors.The morning sky is more pastel and cooler than an afternoon or evening sky.Creating the painting does not mean just selecting the subject and then painting it.Its mean selecting a subject and then choosing exactly how to portray it..all of these decisions must be made and than we have a plan for our work which gives us a clear direction of our color selection and the mixtures we can obtain from them.Now we can make the painting happen and not just hope it happens.