Colors I love
There is something about colors I love. Somewhere deep inside I madly love all the colors and I would like to understand exactly why. There are some aspects though which are easier to understand. One aspect of color is how ‘cold‘ or how ‘warm‘ it is. Objects painted in ‘warm’ colors seem to be closer while objects painted in ‘cold’ colors seem to be rather in the distance.
Warm yellows, oranges, and reds are ‘warm’ colors and they often feel closer to us. In the detail of an acrylic abstract painting below, there is an area of almost glowing yellows, oranges, and reds, as if sunrays were reaching out from the canvas, embracing and warming us with their long fingers. These warm colors meet us halfway, especially when vivid yellows and oranges are applied in rich layers.
The blue hues have layers of dark reds beneath them. The reds under the semi-transparent layers of different blues create an impression of depth. Shiny yellow and orange of the landscape next to red and blue deep create a contrast.
Colors of spontaneity
Quick brush strokes of different colors overlaying and juxtaposed create a sense of spontaneity. At least that is how I felt when I was painting the picture below. Quick brush strokes and quickly selected paint from the palette. These colors got onto the canvas fast and naturally. There was not much overthinking it.
All that blues
Too much blue can feel sad or even depressing. But if applied next to or over other, in this case next to pink and yellow as in the detail below, it has an extra depth and more complex feeling to it than just sadness.
How colors can speak to us
The yellow sky in the background is speaking softly. Maybe it suggests there are good lands past the horizon. Perhaps there are lands full of sunshine, meadows with blossoming flowers, hills and orchards with cherry trees. While in front of the painting there is cold and unfriendly sea, it could be trying to consume a peak of the mountain or it is sinking a ship, with no emotion, it only gives it a cold embrace. The red brush strokes can be a reminiscence of the blood of those drowned at sea.
Of course, the best is to see and analyze how painting speaks to use as a whole. The details used to illustrate some concepts and aspects about colors in this short article come from acrylic paintings “SUMMER WALK IN THE MOUNTAINS” and “THE WAVE“, both available for purchase.