Di and Helen gave members an insight into colour relationships and the colour wheel on Wednesday 22nd August. The first section of the demonstration covered four principles illustrated by old master paintings.
Complimentary colours - opposites on the colour wheel
Analogous colours - adjacent colours on the colour wheel
Warm and cool colours - the position of colours on the colour wheel
Aerial perspective - using the spectrum (rainbow) to create the illusion of distance
Di then introduced the technique of colour mapping, which was originated by American artist James Gurney and featured in his book "Colour and Light: a guide for the realist painter "(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City 2010). Colour maps are used to limit the range of colours in order to create a colour scheme for a painting.
Di talked about using colour in her own painting and in paintings by other artists. She showed examples of colour schemes that she has done and said that they made painting it faster and easier. Then she showed how to make a colour scheme from a photograph. The text of the demonstration is available on Di's Old England Fine Art website: http://oldenglandfineart.com (see Techniques).
After the break members used the worksheets and created a colour map and colour scheme using a photograph for reference. Di asked members to make a colour wheel at home using their own paints and bring them to the next demonstration meeting.