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The Weekly BobBlast #199
"Color Combos that Spark Attention! Part Two."

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As you saw in my previous BobBlast - Part One - I did a demo painting of a color combination from my Goof-Proof Color Wheel

As a general reminder:  Before I begin a painting, I choose the four main colors for the entire painting from this color wheel. I don't have to guess what the combination should be! I have found, choosing the colors beforehand, I paint more confidently, loosely and not linger as long in specific areas.

Keep this formula in mind: 
Dominant Color - 80%
Focal Point Color - 10%
Spice Color - 5%
Spice Color - 5%

I splash the dominant color tones all over the surface - about 80%. For me, it's like splashing in a mud puddle in the rain. I play first.

The focal point color (think 10%) is positioned next in the painting - it's where the eye goes. I refer to the focal point as a "speed bump" - It slows down the eye.

The last two colors - the spice colors - are layered sparingly - 5% each - next to the focal point color. All this is done quickly so I can go back in and continue to move more color around, scape and play.

This is how I begin a painting, whether it is an abstract or realistic. Get the process of painting to move forward with a theme, a concept, a sense of purpose and a title. Establish the title first - before you even start. When you work matches the title... it's finished!

In this video demo - I am working on a painting that I had already started - the Color Combination is based on Red-Yellow as the Dominant Color. You can see me reestablish the focal point and add spice colors. 

Have FUN with this exercise!

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"Color Combos that Spark Attention! Part Two." video.
BobBlast 199 - Color Combos that Spark Attention! Part Two.
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