Saturday, June 5, 2010
warm and cool
Above is an example of a green (viridian) modified from cool to warm. Several people have asked me "isn't green a cool color ?" Any color can be warmer or cooler, at least compared to itself, or whatever is around it. When ever we talk about warm and cool it is always relative.
In this example I have heated the green with red, it's compliment. If I were painting something in nature this color, I might use one end of this color bar in the lights and one end in the shadow.
Here is the same color modified to make a cool note such as might occur in the light (when that is cool) and a darker warmer note, such as you might place in the shade. It is important to notice that the shadow note is not the color of the light plus black. The shadow note is modified by the addition of the compliment of the color of the light, in this case red.
Here is the opposite. One is a warm color such as you might use to paint a warm light object, andthe other is a cool shadow note, lower in value.
These are examples of the same colors as both a cool light with a warm shadow note and a warm light with a cool shadow note.