Monday, March 12, 2007

Weekly Theme-The Power of Color

How can you use color more effectively in your art to get a feeling across, make a statement or to guide people to look at specific places in your pieces?
This is what we are going to take a look at together this week- the power of color.

Whether you are an accomplished artist or one just starting out, everyone can benefit from a review on how to master the use of color better.

We all know the basics (recite this in a monotonous tone of voice with me): "There is a color wheel." "Red, blue and yellow are the primary colors.".....

But learning to work beyond the color wheel, with it as the core, will make your work sing, and put YOU in charge of what you want to get across in your work. There is no monotony on learning how to do this!

This week, we will take a look at the color wheel, understanding that there are many spin-offs and revised color wheels and systems, created by people who have studied the way color works, and artists who have used and modified them.

We will also see how color can work to unify a painting, both in the types of colors used together, and how and where you apply them.

We will look at setting up a personal color palette, and the idea of working with a limited palette, which tends to unify your work. We will also look at how color can create excitement in your paintings, and direct viewers on where to look.

Each day, I promise I won't give you a "blah, blah, blah" lesson on color. I will try to use my witty and charming repartee' (ha!), and give you examples of what I'm talking about, as well as links to other stuff on the net that you might want to check out about color. I'll also throw out a fun idea related to what we talked about every day for you to try on your art journal or on canvas or paper- something quick- to illustrate the lesson.

Come along with me this week, and learn how to use the power of color to make your work even greater!

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