How does the intriguing use of colour create a masterpiece worthy of our time? For someone who has no background in critiquing art, I find myself drawn to art and the effect it has on my emotional well-being. Anyone who knows me knows that I love being surrounded by colour and, particularly bright colours. Many people say that I am crazy for having such a loud and colourful accent wall in my bedroom but for me it has a calming effect while also inspiring my creative juices.
Art comes in many shapes, forms and displays. There is more to art than meets the eye.
I find myself drawn to art and the effect it has on my emotional well-being.
Colour is not only a visual aspect of life, but also plays a huge part in our emotions, and it is the latter that brings art to life. The artist has a vision in their head, and through the use of colour, a transformation occurs and in most cases, the finished piece turns out to have far more impact than the imagined piece.
- The Colour Wheel which consists of: primary colours – red, yellow, & blue, secondary colours – green, orange, & purple, and tertiary colours which are a combination of both primary and secondary colours
- Colour Harmony is an arrangement that is pleasing to the eye, engages the viewer, delivers a visual interest, and a sense of order. There are a variety of colour harmony formulas include: analogous colours- any 3 colours which are side by side on a 12 part wheel, complementary colours- 2 colours which are directly opposite each other, & nature based- colours which create a harmonious design and are inspired by nature
- Colour Context is how colour behaves in comparison to other colours and shapes. When comparing the red swatch of colour to different background colours of intensity and vibrancy you notice the different effect each combination has and the sharpness of the red changes.
There are three types of paints that are commonly used in creating a work of art and each one reacts differently to the canvas or sheet of paper on which they are applied. You can find acrylic paint, watercolour paint, and oil paint. People are often drawn to watercolour paintings for the warmth of their colours, simplicity, and beauty. The Roundhouse offers adult classes for you to master your interest in watercolours. You could be the next Van Gogh or Da Vinci!
For me, colour is a source of inspiration and has always been a mood enhancer. Knowing this, I would not change my bedroom wall of fame for a blank canvas.
How have you been inspired by art and colours? Who is your favourite artist?
By Fatima Sumar, Roundhouse Blog Team. Fatima works with Matrix Connectivity Solutions running their social media, runs her own wedding consulting business QueenoHearts Planners Ltd, and creates jewellery. After coming on board at the Roundhouse, she realized how much the Roundhouse has to offer and the amount of love she can give back to the community.