April 4, 2009

I give art lessons to a friends daughter. Her name is Lila and she is in second grade. I just love the sound of her name and saying it. We worked on the color wheel this week in Watercolor and Acrylics. She knew quite a few of the color combinations and I had so much fun doing it with her. Her friend Shaylynn joined us. It's been awhile since I've been around young girls. They giggle and laugh and have so much fun just being together. There is such spontaneous joy in their being. I just love spending time with Lila lately. 

Color meaning and color theory are very interesting.
Blue: Cool blue, trustworthy, dependable, secure. Sky and sea, serene and universally well-liked.

Red: Aggressive, energetic, provocative and attention-grabbing. Passionate response. Danger.

Green: Health, freshness, serenity. Deeper greens associate with wealth and prestige, while light greens are calming.

Yellow: The sun. Optimism, positivism, light and warmth. Certain shades seem to promote creative thought and energy. 

Purple: Purple is favored by creative types. A blend of passionate red and tranquil blue, it evokes mystery, sophistication , spirituality and royalty. Lavender is nostalgic and sentimental.

Pink: Hot pink conveys energy, youthfulness, fun and excitement. Dusty pinks appear sentimental and lighter pinks are more romantic.

Orange: Exuberance, fun, vitality. The drama of red plus the cheer of yellow, orange is viewed as gregarious and often childlike.

Brown: Earthy tone conveys simplicity, durability and stability. 

Black: Serious, bold, powerful, classic. Creates drama and connotes sophistication. 

White: Simplicity, cleanliness, purity.

Have some fun with color today and try doing a color wheel. I find they are fun, easy exercises to get you warmed up and ready to paint.

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