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truth, there can be cool reds and warm reds; blues can lean toward violet or blues toward green. It may be helpful to see warm and cool as poles, like north and south. See the colour chart (right): with Burnt Sienna on the right and Viridian on the left, notice how the cool colour becomes warmer as we move across, and the warm colour gradually cooler. The end points of green and orange are fixed but, in the middle, it becomes more flexible. Try this: pick a neutral from the middle of the diagram. Is the square warm or cool? To answer: first compare it with the green square at the far left. Does it appear warm? Next compare it with the square on the far right. Now does it seem cool? In just the same way, identifying warm and cool notes is placing the moment within a temperature spectrum.

STRONG COLOUR Warm and cool temperatures are relative, yet when well-placed and consistently applied they create a feeling of truth. My students learn that the secret to believable colour is not how much colour they use, but how carefully they manage limited colours. A tip for the studio: when starting 56 Artists

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THE SECRET TO CREATING BELIEVABLE COLOUR IS NOT HOW MUCH YOU USE BUT HOW YOU MANAGE A LIMITED PALETTE

a painting, determine the strongest colour note. It could be found anywhere, from the blue in a vase or the hot reflected light under a person’s chin, and compare all your other colours to that note to accurately assess its temperature. You are ‘keying’ or ‘tuning’ the painting to where the colour feels most pure. Now you know nothing will be warmer – or cooler – than the spot you identified. Students are encouraged to ask themselves while painting, “Is it lighter or darker?” and “Is it warmer or cooler?” Kegler’s sunset painting may be keyed to the hot spot of red on the horizon on the left in the trees. In my painting of the silver pitchers (above), it is a moment of warmth in the reflections. The study of warm and cool is a system of comparison, mastering believable rhythms of temperature with consistency can help you convey light and mood in your work. In the next part of The Atelier Method, Juliette tackles full-colour painting. www.aristidesarts.com

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