The Mystery of Color

Posted by Trae Mundt on

Elsie - teddy bear oil painting by artist Trae Mundt. White teddy bear at the beach wearing purple polka dot swimsuit standing with her boogie board with waves behind her wearing goggles.
Even when we're not aware of the influence, colors affect us. I bet we've all seen a color combination that just doesn't work! To avoid these awkward moments artists use the Color Wheel to make wise color choices. Before I begin painting I spend some time playing with color combinations in my mind as I look at my Color Wheel. This time is never rushed. 
With my painting of Elsie I chose colors that are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel: blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet and red. I also chose yellow which is directly opposite violet on the Color Wheel. These colors were then mixed giving me a beautiful palette of colors. White and black are always on my palette.
I don't think I'll ever tire of the mystery of color relationships. With each painting there's a greater appreciation to the One who gave us color to enjoy. Let us not miss the subtle beauty that surrounds us. 
 
 
 

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