Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Yellow Rises, Blue Goes Across

Colors have temperature. Did you know that?

Warm colors rise and come towards you. Cool ones move laterally and recede.

Here's how they are working for me in this piece.

You can catch a ride on the blue train to get from left to right. Grab hold of yellow balloons and rise. Although both warms and cools are occurring naturally, I can play one off the other, orchestrate if you will. I can bring out the warms in a vertical structure, increase the cools in a lateral shadow. In this piece, the fans of the palms that are cooler blue greens keep your eyes moving across the picture plane while spikes of warmer greens and yellows pull you up. They are both leading you to that upper right corner at the moment. How will I pull you back in?

5 comments:

ParisBreakfasts said...

Geee Color temperature as vectors!?
And diagramming them!?
I never thought of that..
I nearly put my paintbrush in my drinking water :O

Janice C. Cartier said...

LOL... I like that.
Look at your piece this morning.. it is nothing if not warms and cools radiantly working. Take a closer look at how exactly they direct us around your painting.

Harmony said...

Janice I guess I knew that color had a temp...but I know I know that you are simply HOT.
Great work! Good inspiration to sleep on. :-)

ParisBreakfasts said...

Gee I didn't see that...
Guess I need a map..
Or that gizmo that gives yr car directions! :O

Janice C. Cartier said...

@ Harmony- wow. Thank you. :)

@PB-A GPS for color :))) I like that.