For as long as I can remember I have been mesmerized by color. I recall my excitement as a child when I finally received that first box of gigantic Crayola crayons that had the built in sharpener in the back. I've tried to recall other childhood toys, but aside from my building blocks and a couple puzzles, the memory of that first gigantic box of Crayolas has always remained foremost in my mind.
I spent hours drawing pictures and completing the pages in my coloring books (my favorite was The Flintstones), but often I would just sit and arrange and rearrange my crayons. I would arrange them in color families, or I would choose groups of 2 or three crayons and examine how the colors interacted with each other. I loved my crayons better than candy!
Now, looking at my tubes of acrylic paint gives me the same satisfaction. I apply blobs of paint to my palette, (often a paper plate), and enjoy the creamy, lusciousness of each color.
I still study the effects of different color combinations as I apply the paint to the paper or canvas. I look for continuity of color in the composition and allow the color to direct me as I work.
I look for a balance of cool and warm colors, and I often place complimentary colors next to each other. Using complimentary colors together makes each color vibrate off the other.
Whether warm or cool, bright, pure hues are my true colors. I can't imagine living in a monotone world of dull, grayed-down hues. Pure, bright colors speak to my heart and reflect the true nature of my spirit. Have you found your true colors? Break out of your usual color combinations and try some new ones. You may find a new combination of colors pleasing to you, and even if you don't, I know you'll find some "Happy Creating!" while you experiment.