Master Color Theory And You'll Master Watercolor Painting
5 x 7 Card Using Color Theory
You know those videos where someone who is color blind is given the gift of a pair of glasses that when worn, they can see color for the first time in their lives? It's incredibly moving. Well, that's what it's like when you as an artist finally grasp the importance of color theory in your work.
Starting out in watercolor painting is easy. You put water on watercolor paper, add pigment, and if you'd like to, you can use a brush to move the water and pigment around. There are a myriad of wonderful, fun techniques you can apply. None of them are difficult, they just take practice. Color theory; which covers not just color, but hue, tone and chroma, along with temperature, is an entirely different concept from all the rest. A concept, though, that must be mastered in order to paint well.
I wasted a lot of time, early on, not to mention paper and paint, ignoring color theory, until one day it dawned on me (like putting on those glasses) that I needed to study it. I'm still learning, but thanks to the help of a nifty device called a color wheel, and some good instruction from various watercolor art websites (just Google color theory for watercolor painting), and from other artists I know, I'm starting to get a handle on it. And I see now that mastering color theory will make mastering watercolor painting so much more enjoyable.