Warm and Cool Colors

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The upper portion of the summery sky is painted with mixtures of Cobalt Blue + White. A combination of Pthalo Blue + White is used closer to the horizon. Next I begin working the trees into the wet paint of the sky.

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Following a simple rule helps to give the feeling of depth in my painting: Cool colors go back, Warm colors come forward. The most distant trees are made bluer than the ones directly behind the building. The tree against the wall on the left side of the mill is a brighter, warmer green which makes it come forward. This layering effect helps give the piece dimension.

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The shadow patterns are established on the stone building before adding the individual rocks.

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After the rock work and roof are complete I move to the windows. I’ve saved the color left over from the door on my last painting to use for both the windows and shutters.

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Browns mixed with various combinations of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White are used for the old, wooden water wheel.

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It’s fun to fill the window boxes with flowers. I keep the colors muted using Magentas, Reds and Purples. This is another of those simple rules that are so helpful in painting: Muted colors go back, Intense colors come forward. I want the flowers in the distance to say back. To enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image. Thank you for visiting our studio today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

4 Responses to “Warm and Cool Colors”

  1. Linda Prebyl Says:

    Do you have DVD’s?

  2. Michelle Liu Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    I have been watch your blog and learned a lot from you, can you let me know what is muted color and intense color?

    Thanks, Michelle

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Michelle,
      Good question. An intense color is a bright color. Think of Lime Green. A muted color is duller, like olive green. When making a painting the more intense colors come forward, the muted ones go back. This helps to give dimension to the art. Hope this helps. Hugs, Mikki

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