Saturday, June 16, 2012

Arbitrary Color

"Well, Carol, That's the way it was."  In my workshops, this statement may be the most used explanation of color choices in paintings.  Trees are green, skies are blue and rocks are gray or brown.  If your goal is literalism or illustration, that's fine, but it sure doesn't say much about the color preferences of the artist and the feelings they produce.

Arbitrary..definition:    Depending on individual discretion and not fixed by law.  Determined by individual preferences rather than the instrinsic nature of things.

Choosing colors that please and that glow and that create unity should override any obedience to local color.  So trees can be red or purple, skies can be orange or violet, and rocks can be yellow.  You are the artist, and you get to decide! 

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