"Color is very significant to me because I don't always
portray the colors of my subjects as they really are. Although
I want the pictures to seem realistic, I also want them to communicate
my feelings. If I want the painting to be melancholy, for example,
I use cool tones, if I want to express joy, I use warm tones."
Brad Faegre, Pastel Artist, in American Artist, July 1992 issue.
Cool colors: Colors in which blue, green or violet predominate.
Warm colors: Colors in which red, orange and yellow predominate.
-- North Light Dictionary
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
Try interpreting the same subject, first using predominently
warm colors and then using predominently cool colors.
Using a still life set up for a "quick study":
I did a quick study in predominently warm colors and then predominently
cool colors. (Of course, I'm left handed, so I worked from right
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