June 1, 2014
Color Mixing - I have learned that to make color look bright there is a need for mixing low intensity colors, too. Colors (with high intensity or chroma) look brighter against neutrals and low intensity colors.
I have been watching videos from the Artist Network TV and Ian Roberts has a good one on color. There was an exercise he recommends called the "color chip exercise".
Attributes of every color include HUE, VALUE and INTENSITY. The following exercise emphasizes learning to mix low intensity colors. I usually went for the hue first, then added the complement and took it from there.
1) Get paint chips from hardware store with low intensity. I chose sort of a yellow, purple, green, and blue in different values.
This just show different values.
Exercise - glue chip to grid, match as closely as possible in value and intensity with your own mix in 2nd grid, the do the same thing in the 3rd grid with the color's complement.
This black and white shows the similarity in value.
I hope you can watch the Ian Roberts video. I have written about Ian Roberts in older blogs especially his book on composition. He explains so well the reasons there are for being able to adjust the intensity of colors especially in landscape painting.
My next blog is about color brightness using Dreama Tolle Perry's technique of transparent and opaque colors. I finally remembered to take step by step photos for one my recent paintings called "Corner of Fauqier and Charles.