Good painting is all about opposites. Warm vs.cool, big vs. small, colourful vs. dull, etc. When we use opposites in our work, they play off of each other to create dynamic excitement and heighten the visual appeal.
Warm colours allow cool colours to sing. Big shapes concede to the small shapes, allowing them to dance joyfully. Colours burst when placed in a sea of grey.
The key is to avoid using the same amount of opposition. When you split the opposites into equal parts you negate the effect.
Let’s go down the rabbit hole and explore how all of this works…