FOUR SEASONS COLOUR SCHEMES FOR ABSTRACTIONS
This exercise introduces the “tonal abstraction” method for painters. It begins with identifying light shapes, created by a surrounding tone of about 50% gray, or equal colour; Then extensions, underlaps and individual shapes are identified in the gray space and the surrounding negative space is shaded to 80% gray, or equal colour; It is finished by adding details in the form of caligraphic marks, such as spirals, grids, lightening, numbers or letters. Looking at the illustration, it is possible to see how the design quality of the image can be mirrored and kaleidoscope to create very interesting fabric-like designs.
Moving into colour – In this case, the same abstraction is done 4 times, each with different colour harmonies. The purpose is to learn how important tonality can be to a design/composition, irrespective of arbitrary hue or intensity. The more or less arbitrary colours for the sake of experiment with are as follows:
SPRING – Analogous, complement, split complement, Yellows-orange – -blue-greens – Buds, , sunrise, children, affection
SUMMER – Triad – Red-yellow-blue; Sunny days, Ice cream cones, Heat, flowers, beaches, swimmers, deck chairs, cruis ships
FALL – moody, analogous – Red-orange – -Red, rust, yellow, brown ; Falling leaves, bare trees
WINTER – moody, analogous – Blue-green – Blues, greens, violet, white, muted hues, cool colours , crisp contrast, Skiers, sleds, icicles, ice sheet, skaters, snowflakes