Here are some artists who are doing some exciting, beautiful, color-licious art that I found from perusing my Watercolor Artist magazine again. Visit their sites and see some good stuff.
Go to http://www.harrisongalleries.com and check out Kiff Holland's light-filled paintings.
Go to http://www.bobrudd.com/default.asp and enjoy Bob Rudd's colors which are luscious, and unusual and, well, just purely delightful to see his paintings.
Do you know the difference between Visual Complements and Mixing Complements? Mixing Complements are those complements we all learn to mix to get a good grey or black:
red + green
yellow + violet
blue + orange.
But to work with Visual Complements, you create side-by-side pure colors that zing off the page (Carol Carter uses visual complements in her palette and so does Bob Rudd). Those colors are:
red + turquoise
blue + yellow
cyan + orange.
Now don't ask me exactly what color cyan is - I know my printer ink has one called cyan and it's a blue but maybe a bit on the green side??
Perhaps Bruce McEvoy's internet link, handprint.com has the answer? Or Hilary Page's book, Guide to Watercolor Paints? Or Nita Leland's newest book, Confident Color?
For a downloadable pdf about painting with pure colors, go to
http://www.artistsnetwork.com/article/wc-pure-colors and see what David Daniels does using a pure color palette.
Okay, now I either need to get some exercise or paint...