The return to colour continues, with some rainbows. Previously when working with colour I was pre-occupied with hues and my inability to differentiate some of them. Here are some of the things I neglected to think about then, but I do now:
- Tonal relationships are as important as hue. One won’t fly without the other. If the hues look wrong, it might be the tones that need to change.
- There doesn’t need to be an all-over pattern of varied hues, tones, or marks. It’s okay, and often beneficial, to allow some “empty” spaces / solid blocks of colour.
- Not everything has to be coloured. Often it’s good to include grey, brown, black or white.
- Try not to think of the paint in terms of the colour labels on the tubes, or conventional colour theories – these don’t correspond with my colour vision deficiency. Better to get colours onto the palette, forget which tube they came from, and work with what I see.
Lots of Kippenberger and Guston echoes here, and that’s still okay with me.