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Two Colors

When you think of dominant colors in nature, what colors first come to mind?



Perhaps green and maybe brown?



While this is very accurate, there are other colors that are found in our world every day.



These paintings below all have something in common. Can you spot what it is?


blue, yellow, nature, painting, limited palette, Corn Flowers 45, Pol Ledent    blue, yellow, nature, painting, limited palette, Sunset, Maurice Shapiro

Corn Flowers 45  by Pol Ledent (2012)

Sunset, Reflected by Maurice Shapiro (2011)


blue, yellow, nature, painting, limited palette, Fences, Allison Kennedy   blue, yellow, nature, painting, limited palette, Light and Shadow Beveland, W Van de Wege
Fences by Allison Kennedy

Light and Shadow Beveland by W Van de Wege (2012)


blue, yellow, nature, painting, limited palette, the starry night, Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh (1889)



Did you catch it? The artists of these paintings all focus on the colors blue and yellow in nature. Amongst the sky, sea, sun, stars, wheat fields, and flowers, our natural world is rife with blue and yellow. These colors are used differently in each painting, but together they cover a majority of the canvas. A few (like Van Gogh and Kennedy) emphasize the contrast between the two colors, while others (such as Sapiro and Van de Wege) find the transition between them by blending in other hues. Look how many variations there can be by using just two primary colors!



Check out some other works of art and see if you can notice how the same colors are used in different ways. What is the effect?



Not only is it a great idea to observe how different artists may use the same color(s) in their work, but it’s also a fun exercise for your own art! Pick two colors and let them be the stars of your painting (or drawing!). Try a few different compositions and see how you can use them in different ways. You can use nature as an overarching theme or try all kinds of subjects. Sometimes it’s very useful to focus on a specific element of your picture and see how it changes your perspective.  



Give it a try and share your results! What colors did you use? What kind of subjects?




Posted by: Lzahn, on June 12th, 2013 at 9:43am.
Categories: Kids, Art

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