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Old 09-03-2016, 07:58 AM
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Warm and cool colors in composition

I've been reading/experimenting more with the role of color temperature in composition, especially for watercolor paintings. There's way too much material out there to read it all, so I was hoping to hear what's worked for you in terms of using warm/cool.

Do you do most of your work in one temperature? Do you put warm and cool next to each other for contrast, or segregate them on different sides of the paper/canvas? Are there other principles you use?

Finally, feel free to link to any helpful articles on the subject. Thank you.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:39 AM
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Re: Warm and cool colors in composition

The most widely used application of warm-cool contrast is probably to use cool lights and warm shadows (or vice versa). But seeing that your works are abstract, this advice might not be so useful to you. You could think about doing paintings in mostly cool or warm, with just some accents in the opposite temperature (like you did in your red blue composition).
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:51 AM
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Re: Warm and cool colors in composition

Using cool and warm hues in juxtaposition with one another creates one of the strongest contrasts possible in painting (and that includes value contrasts). When used for contrast in painting it becomes a very strong technique.

Here's "On the Road to Bandera", an original watercolor, 22" X 15" which uses temperature contrast in an expressive landscape.



One of my favorite painters who frequently uses temperature contrast is Viktoria Prischedko.

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Old 09-03-2016, 04:42 PM
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Re: Warm and cool colors in composition

Thank you! I really appreciate getting input on this.
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