Fall is such an inspiring season for so many of us, all those lovely warm colors mixed together....once again nature gets it right!
it's always good to have one dominant color in a piece, one color that sets the mood for the whole piece. It doesn't have to be the most saturated, the most intense color...in fact it's probably better if it isn't - that would be too dominating.... but having one main color helps to pull the piece together as a whole...it creates a color structure for the piece.
This is actually very easy to do, and is one of the basic technical "tricks" of artists. Set the mood with color! In the above piece I've split the usual red of autumn into orange and pink and scattered those shades, in various values, throughout the piece.
I've added a little complementary color - green. This is because having the complement of the color enables the eyes to refresh and so makes the first, the dominant color even richer.
Complements, of course, are simply opposites on the color wheel.
Adding a complement is another artist's tool! if your colors are looking a bit flat, add a dash of complement!
So: a dominant color, a complement, a quick dash of something bold and intense - if needed - you might already have it...and a good helping of neutrals.....and you have a tasty color dish!
All comments and compliments! gratefully received, most desirable - I've been teaching a square dance class introducing the idea of desirable difficulties in learning! so I'm well up on desirable!
especially when it comes to difficulties!
If you have been, thanks for reading. Elizabeth