The thing that strikes me most about this month’s lovely painting from Cezanne is the tonal quality of all the colors. We’ve had inspiration paintings in the past with a full rainbow of colors represented. But this month, and in this painting, all of the colors are all the cool side. See how even red and yellow, the warmest colors on the color wheel, seem quieter, colder?
So as you design this month, aim for those cooler shades.
For warmer colors, like red, orange, and yellow, you want to look for darker, less saturated shades. Dark ruby instead of fire engine red, browner oranges instead of tangerines, mustard-y yellows instead of sunshine. You’ll have more range of colors to work with in the yellow and orange family, but the reds don’t change nearly as much.
Similarly, aim for beads in that very specific shade of dark blue (third swatch from the left). That color is seen in touches all over the painting, and doesn’t vary very much, like the red. On the lighter side of blue (and blue-green), you have more to play with – light aquas and blues, medium teals, and all of those subtle shades in the background area. For the greens, stick to dark green, yellow-green, and brownish greens.
And because I’m working on a project where I’m playing with color proportions, I thought I’d share the breakdown of this month’s colors. You tell me, is seeing the color proportions helpful?
Which colors, or combos, are you drawn to this month?