Today I wanted to gather together some of my thoughts and the things I've been learning about color. In this week's newsletter I shared this blog post called a modern approach to complementaries. I found it very interesting and very timely as my son and I were just talking about the differences in the way you mix pigments vs. the way light mixes vs. the way the eye sees color.
I realized the other day that while I bought this gouache set of 12 colors, I only use three of the original colors and the box that they came in. The others have since been replaced with my own color choices. I really think that is the key to finding a personal color palette. I thought I'd use the color wheel in the blog post linked above to make complementaries with the specific colors that I use.
And then I had an aha! moment. I've already used some of these pairings in paintings! It'll be fun to try some of the other combinations.
Also in the front of my mind lately is Norma Jean Maloney's advice that "colors have to be married with each other and, when mixing colors, they have to have a little of the other in each of them." Along with that I enjoyed this little video from Lindsay Stripling about how she cleans her palette and then uses the resulting gray to mix with her colors.
Lately I've been keeping some color on my brush and mixing it into the next color. That seems to work better when working with a dryer brush so I've also been playing around with dry brush textures.
Most of what I do with color is instinctive. I know that I learned things about color in school (more from my painting courses than from my design/color class) but it's become such a part of what I do, that I can't really explain what I know anymore. Color has always been one of my favorite elements and generally a strength for me. I want to learn even more about it, get even better, and really hone my color palette.