Colour - What Can You Learn?

munell colour

Hues – ( the hue is the simplest name for a colour in laymans terms – orange, blue etc the colours in the spectrum   ) these change as you move around the centre of the model shown left.

Value – ( the dark or lightness of a colour    ) these change from top to bottom.

Chroma – (described as the brightness, purity or intensity of colour, i think of this as pastel colour at one end of the scale and saturated vivid colours at the other end of the scale) this changes as you move from the centre outwards.

Colour Theory

Sounds boring?

It doesn’t have to be!

This is a fascinating subject  and one that by learning a few simple rules can have a huge impact on your work, helping you improve in leaps and bounds.

COLOUR fluid

Suzie Baker

The wonderful Suzie Baker does an absolutely fantastic job of explaing colour theory.

orange mixing


We all recognise the colour wheel from infant school, for example  red and yellow make orange right? right, but depending on which yellow and which red you use can give you a brighter or duller orange. See ‘Octanics’

Greys and Neutrals

Colour Contrast – Make your focal point jump out at you.

Definately not to be overlooked is the beauty and importance of greys and neutrals in a painting. Setting your colourful subject against a grey or neutral background will give your painting impact.

colour contrast
colour temperature

Colour Temperaure

Warm and Cool colours = Red is warm, Blue is cool, Blue will recede and red will come forward, helping you create the illusion of depth within your painting.

Colour Wheels

There is more to colour wheels than you may think, these are not just for kindergarden  but are an essential aid for mixing  bright colours and neutrals.

colour wheels
colour contrast

Colour Contrast

Give your paintings Impact by using the maximum colour contrast