Advice for Using Intense Color

Autumn Art Colors That Are Powerful But Not Overwhelming

This painting by Bob Rohm shows art colors that are intense but not overwhelming.

This painting by Bob Rohm shows art colors that are intense but not overwhelming.

I’ve always loved the varied and intense colors of fall. With the season just starting, I realized it is the perfect time to share with you this stunning oil painting by artist Bob Rohm entitled Morning Color.

It’s a wonderful example of how intense your art colors can be. Yet there’s no reason why they can’t be perfectly appropriate in an otherwise muted landscape.

Why Intense Colors Work

The yellow cottonwood trees Rohm painted here seem especially vibrant compared to the cool grayish-purple tones of the surrounding trees and mountains. The cool hues dominate the painting. That allows the warm golden leaves to appear all the more intense.

To maximize color intensity, Rohm recommends using the background hues to enhance — not compete with — a composition’s more vivid hues. He suggests, “Only one color family should be dominant.”

 

Afternoon Clouds by Bob Rohm--autumn art colors example.

Afternoon Clouds by Bob Rohm

Warm, Cool, and Highlights

There are three components of managing intense color. Using the color and balancing it with either warm or cool shades, and using highlights to snap the viewer’s attention into focus.

In this sunset painting, Rohm uses complementary hues of blue and orange with two streaking white highlights to achieve intense color. It feels powerful but not unrealistic or artificial.

Explore Color This Season

I think of autumn as a time of renewal: renewed focus on my passions, picking up half-done art projects with a reawakened sense of creativity and a time to steep myself in what I love, which is color.

All the paintings I am planning for the immediate future put color at the center of it all. If you feel the same way, I have a unique offer for you in celebration of the start of the fall season. Color: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success is a video workshop guide from Ian Roberts.

It steers our love of color in all the right directions with fun and easy ways to understand color theory and how to put it into your next real life painting. Get your copy of Color and enjoy now–with 30% off in celebration of the forthcoming first day of fall.

Courtney

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About Courtney Jordan

For Courtney, editor of Artist's Network, art is one of life’s essentials. Presenting art techniques to you from trusted instructors and creators as well as adding her own voice to the mix about her own (sometimes blooper worthy!) art endeavors is what she loves best. She writes about everything from Old Master painting and techniques to how to troubleshoot a painting gone wrong. She is always looking for ways to make more of her studio time, too, working in mixed media.

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