All about Colors and Composition in Arts by Arnel Sarmiento

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Intensity contrast The strongest intensity contrast is between the brightest and grayest colors. Warm/cool contrasts One other important hue contrast is warm/cool contrast. The warm colors are the colors of fire: yellow, orange and red. Cool are the colors of water: violet, blue and green. Warm next to cool creates contrast. Blue is considered coolest and yellow warmest, so blue next to yellow creates the strongest warm/cool contrast. Pile ‘em up? Maybe not. Can you have value, hue, intensity and warm/cool contrasts all at once?

No “what” is an island. It needs to team up with other art elements, such as value contrast and shape contrast, to attract the viewer's attention. ” The five key teammates are: value contrast shape contrast color contrast hard or rough edges small marks Your “what” needs at least a couple of them near it in every painting in order to stand out. Watercolor is the improvisational jazz of the art world. Get to know the allies of your “what” as if they were members of your band. You don't have time to stop and ponder the right placement of a contrasting color while you are painting.

And it will. Your subconscious works full time, for free. It will take care of many painting issues if you just trust it. Focus on conversing with the landscape. What is the mood of the place? What's most interesting? What makes it tick? What emotions and associations does it bring up? Sit quietly and let the landscape tell you about itself. It won't use words, but you can just let the place trickle into your subconscious. Instead of flitting from landscape to landscape, try a series of paintings of the same landscape.

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