Creating Beautiful, Harmonizing Neutral Colors In Watercolor
Advanced Color Wheel – Part 3
In this lesson, we’ll complete our advanced watercolor color wheel by mixing neutral grays and browns for the inner most ring. Neutrals are often seen as boring and un-interesting. But, they have many uses in a painting. Not the least is as a contrast to the brighter colors which helps bring emphasis and focus to the colorful shapes and subjects.
Mixing neutrals with the colors from your palette provides a subtle range of color that easily harmonizes with the brighter colors in the painting. This effect alone will support unity in the painting.
Neutral colors – grays and browns – often seem dull, boring and un-interesting. But, these “mouse-colors” play a number of valuable roles in a painting. Perhaps the most important is in supporting the overall unity of the painting by enhancing color harmony.
In completing the first two steps of the Advanced Color Wheel, you’ve probably discovered that a limited palette of color can provide an unexpected range of bright and not-so-bright colors. This same limited palette and the bright mixtures it creates have the capacity to create a very wide range of neutrals as well. This lesson builds on the work in Part 1 and Part 2 by using complements to create beautiful, harmonius neutrals.
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