Coni's Class Notes
Tuesday we painted 4 red apples, each on a different colored background. The color theory of complements tells us that the complement of a color will make that color appear more intense; when you see it for yourself - you really get it.
Thursday morning we painted 4 different colored objects, and painted them on a ground of each color's complement. Ah, the complements; a straight forward choice but always a good one, and for a beginner, the safe one. If you don't know what color to make that underpainting or background? Choose the complement.
At the opposite end of the artistic/philosophical spectrum from Monet, Van Gogh said this about color, “I improvise [on] color... And then my brush goes between my fingers as a bow would on a violin, and absolutely for my own pleasure.”
If we could all paint with that kind of confidence. . . .