Even when we're not aware of the influence, colors affect us. I bet we've all seen a color combination that just doesn't work! To avoid these awkward moments artists use the Color Wheel to make wise color choices. Before I begin painting I spend some time playing with color combinations in my mind as I look at my Color Wheel. This time is never rushed.
With my painting of Elsie I chose colors that are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel: blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet and red. I also chose yellow which is directly opposite violet on the Color Wheel. These colors were then mixed giving me a beautiful palette of colors. White and black are always on my palette.
I don't think I'll ever tire of the mystery of color relationships. With each painting there's a greater appreciation to the One who gave us color to enjoy. Let us not miss the subtle beauty that surrounds us.