Carl Dalio: Keeping Color Alive

I think of color as a living entity, and I use its energy to describe the movement of light in my work.


Bell Towers–Ranchos de Taos Church (watercolor, 14 x 21-1/2)

I?m always playing one temperature against another, and I stay alert to the fact that a single color area may move from warm to cool or vice versa. So a sky won?t be solid blue or solid green–it may move from blue to green to yellow,

Once I put a color down, I try to choose the most potent color that I can put up against it. In many cases, I turn to complementary colors for this. They create an immediate electricity. For instance, if I want to really play up a blue, I might use a complementary orange. Here again, I would check the temperature of the blue and try to choose an opposing temperature for the orange.

Using a large brush allows me to get my entire body involved in the rhythm of painting. My mind, arm, wrist, hand and brush all work as if they?re totally integrated. Getting my body movement involved allows me to paint confident strokes


November Apples (watercolor, 8 x 10)

To me, subjects are puzzles to be solved. I try to distill any complexity into simplicity.

I never think of a painting as a final product. I always think of it as a by-product of my painting process. If I had a great time doing it, people can tell.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Carl Dalio balances twin careers in fine art and architectural illustration. A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, his illustration projects include the Denver International Airport, The United States Mint and The World Trade Towers redevelopment in New York. His fine art pieces have garnered a number of awards and are included in many private and corporate collections. Dalio is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society. In addition, his work has appeared in a number of magazines and books, including Painting with the White of Your Pape by Judi Wagner and Tony van Hasselt and Carole Katchen?s Make Your Watercolor Look Professional (both published by North Light Books).

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