by Will Kemp with Will Kemp Art School
Let’s be honest, colour mixing can be frustrating.
You’ve mastered the colour wheel, you understand complementary colours and may have either dabbled with a few different colour schemes but why do you paintings still not work?
Why don’t they balance and create harmony to your eye?
What are you doing wrong?
In this series of guest posts for ArtInstructionBlog.com, I want to address some of the common stumbling blocks of colour and analyze some master pieces to try and see how past masters have managed to balance seemingly impossible colour mixtures – so you can help to find your own unique palette
Achieving a sense of color harmony in painting is something that we all strive for as artists, but some of us just never seem to get there and eventually become frustrated and give up.
It is no surprise that color harmony is so difficult to achieve. For one, there are so many different colors to choose from today, and when you have this many choices, things can become rather confusing. Secondly, it is very difficult to find any clear cut advice on this topic.
Hopefully the following tips will help you get a better grasp on color in your painting and you will finally be on your way toward Mastering Color.
One of the most effective methods that will help you harmonize your paintings is to switch to a limited palette of colors. A limited palette simply means that you are reducing the number of colors on your palette.