Painting is a form of creative expression. It is among the most popular forms of visual art. It literally means applying color on a surface be it paint, pigment or color of any kind. It is a very vast term covering a huge range of mediums and techniques. Painting is one of the oldest forms of art.The earliest forms of painting are the cave paintings dated to some 40,000 years ago.Painting requires a good understanding of colors, color combinations, color schemes. This can be acquired through regular practice. Without the effective use of colors, we cannot produce a good piece of art that is visually pleasing and interesting. One tool to understand the colors is the color wheel.
Painting requires a good understanding of colors, color combinations, color schemes. This can be acquired through regular practice. Without the effective use of colors, we cannot produce a good piece of art that is visually pleasing and interesting. One tool to understand the colors is the color wheel.
Primary colors: Those colors from which others colors can be achieved.
Secondary color:a color achieved from the mixing of two primary colors.
Tertiary Colors: Those colors achieved by a mixture of primary and secondary colors.
Warm colors: The colors which give the sense of warmth like red orange and yellow. These are often associated with sunlight, fire, heat.
Cool colors: the colors which give a soothing and cool effect like blues, green. These are associated with water, cold, ice.
Complementary colors: Complementary colors are any two colors which are opposite of each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green.
Analogous colors: colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color, with one being the dominant color. An analogous color scheme creates a rich, monochromatic look.
Value of a color means the lightness or darkness of the color.
Hint: adding white to any color or hue produces a tint.
Shade: adding black to any color or hue produces a shade.
The color wheel can help you to understand the color mixing which is a necessary part of the painting process. Nothing can be worse than taking the colors directly in their original hues and applying in a painting. Color mixing is central to creating a good piece of painting.
Color Mixing Basics
Here are some quick tips on how to blend the colors and obtain new shades.
- BLENDING THE PRIMARY COLORS TO OBTAIN THE SECONDARY COLORS.
(Primary colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue.)
2. HOW TO MIX GARY(S) WITHOUT BLACK AND WHITE.
- Mixing black and white is not the only way to obtain the gray color. There are a variety of combinations through which you can blend a gray color.
- Blending the primary colors.
- (Primary colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue)
- Blending the complementary colors:
- Thus a variety of grays can be obtained using the primary colors and the complementary colors.
Don’t worry you don’t have to remember all this. Keep practicing and you will be able to figure this out. In the next segment, I will talk about different painting mediums.