Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Spot of Red

I'm not sure if seeing red makes a bull angry enough to attack the cape in front of him, but it sure gets his attention.  Adding a touch of red in a field of neutrals or other dominant colors will also draw the viewer's eye.

My friend Mark Mellor makes it a point to always put a spot of red in his paintings.  In this painting I've used some neutralized reds but left a carefully placed pure red just off center.  The pure colors are all at the focal point, and really are the subject of this painting.  As your eye goes out from the center the colors begin to tone down to less emphatic shades of gray.

Think pure color/neutrals and which colors will dominate.

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