Start with an Under Painting, Using Goof-Proof Color Combinations.

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The universal color wheel can be a useful tool and reference guide when determining your painting concept. As every painter knows, the universal color wheel has twelve colors. Historically established are specific color combinations within this color wheel (such as complementary, triadic etc.) that have esthetically pleasing effects. 

When I first started painting, I relied on these specific twelve colors and resulting color combinations for my paintings. But now... having said all that, ten years ago I "jumped ship" and embraced a new color wheel with only ten colors. I then limited my paintings to using only four colors in combination. The results were thrilling for me! 

In this week's demo, my goal is to create an under painting - using one of my goof-proof color combinations. Red is my dominant color, covering approximately 80% of the surface. The next color - the focal point - is a beautiful blue and covers approximately 10% of the surface. The last two remaining colors are the spice colors - because they are accents, painted near the focal point and are only about 5% (each) to the painting surface. Just enough to draw your eye to the focal point!

This under painting is very abstract and now I have the choice of developing it into a finished abstract painting or a more representational painting of a landscape, floral, still life, etc.  When all four pure colors are placed on the painting surface, I can begin painting more vigorously toward my theme and intentions! 

Just another way to play with color!
Works for me!

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Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting 
September 11-15, 2017
Utah Watercolor Society
Cache Valley Chapter, Logan, UT
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Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
September 25-29, 2017
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
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October 23-27, 2017
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November 9-12, 2017
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" Start with an Under Painting, 
Using Goof-Proof Color Combinations" video.

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