Deciding what colors to use in a painting is more of a science than you think

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.
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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below..

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow



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Art Lessons by Captain Watercolor

Color schemes, the painting techniques used to introduce harmony or dissonance to your paintings.



This is a lesson on the watercolor painting technique of using color effectively.

To be effective, color needs to follow a plan. Thankfully, there are only a few plans that really work, and they can be formularized. Very little in art is as easily understood as color. That's amazing, because color is the most subjective of the compositional elements. Beyond the basics of color alone (hue) is the concept of darkening the color (shades), and lightening the color (tints). This is referred to as neutrals and semi-neutrals. Semi-neutrals (potentiate) the colors and make them sing. The color schemes covered are:

A monochromatic color scheme is a simple watercolor painting technique.



MONOCHROMATIC. A single hue which can be darkened or lightened but exists alone in a painting.

Analogous colors bring harmony to a painting



ANALOGOUS. A group of colors that constitute a wedge of the color wheel. There is no exact definition of the width if the pie slice, but the narrower the safer. We can safely widen the wedge using semi-neutral colors. Analogous paintings are always serene, because there is harmony between the colors/

Complementary and split complementary color schemes are the color techniques I usually us in my paintings.COMPLEMENTARY. Colors exactly across the wheel from each other are said to be complementary. Complementary paintings setup a contrast and potential conflict because the colors are opposites.

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY. A group of analogous colors with the addition of the exact complement of the center color in the analogous group. This color scheme is the most complicated, colorful and potentially interesting.

It sounds very difficult but in this 10 minute lesson, you will find it quite understandable.. The knowledge gained is not only useful in creating paintings, but also applies to such everyday issues such as getting dressed or furnishing your surroundings.