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« on: March 17, 2010 05:26:12 PM »

I'm trying to get more color in my work, and feeling an incredible amount of insecurity.  I feel somewhat more confident as a sculptor in monochrome (clay color  Embarrassed).  My color choices as a painter have tended to be rather timid, I think. Any suggestions on how to become more confident with using color?

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010 05:36:08 PM »

Try some tried and true color combos. Complimentary colors (opposite on the color wheel - ie. blue and orange), split complimentary (a color and the two flanking it's compliment - like blue with red/orange and yellow orange), analogous (colors next to each other one the color wheel) and triadic (form and equilateral triangle on the color wheel - ie. primary color) are all good combos.

Let me know if that doesn't make sense to you. You can also try looking up color theory.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010 05:41:43 PM »

Thank you!  I'm only somewhat familiar with color theory.  I guess it's never too late to learn.  I find myself sticking to analogous color schemes, which seem safe but don't please me much.  I'd like to be more bold.  I will attempt some split complimentary schemes, if I can fling myself into them.  Scared!   Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2010 05:47:43 PM »

Also, if you want to go with contrasting (opposite) colors, try using toned down versions of each color. That way you can use both colors without them trying to overpower each other or look out of place.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010 01:57:51 AM »

Why don't you try http://www.colourlovers.com/ ... they have a wide-range of color palettes, maybe you'll find something inspiring...  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2010 06:49:41 AM »

These are good suggestions.  Thank you for that link!


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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010 06:51:59 AM »

I think this artist uses color brilliantly:  http://frodok.deviantart.com/

I'm studying his work for inspiration.


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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2010 07:42:51 PM »

One thing that really helped me explore color was painting from life. And I mean without sketching first, being very 'automatic' and fast about it like sketching. It's incredible the amount of color that is actually present in someone's face even though the overall impression is 'flesh tone'. You'll find everything from blue and green to red and purple just because of the way light will reflect off the skin and the surroundings.  I was very afraid at first but, if I was painting my portrait let's say, and I saw an area of the face that was a blueish green I put a dab of blueish green on my canvas and lo and behold the odd mixes of color, most of which were not flesh tone, made the end result more 'alive'. It gets better with practice and is really fun. You'll be amazed at the results:)
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010 03:45:58 AM »

Thank you for those insights! 
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2010 11:22:26 PM »

Get some paint and a Bristol pad and go nuts! try all your colors and help yourself determen what go's good together.
Dont think about showing it to anyone, its for study and keep in mind that your not intending to empress anyone but yourself.
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