10 Reasons Why (Enthusiastic) Color Combinations are Important

water color combinations

Colors are powerful. Doesn’t matter what you might be creating now – a painting, or a powerpoint presentation, or an illustration –  your eyes must be straying over a palette, splashed with many colors, choosing the right one to add to your work. Colors add right mood, temperature, and structure to your work. To a sensitive soul, the impact of a perfect color combination is deeper and intensely moving.

Introducing you a couple of creative works, mostly watercolor paintings, produced by modern age painters that truly celebrate the power of color and form. The talent of these millennial artists is undeniable, and the power of their imagination is truly awesome.

Below are top ten reasons, why you must choose right color combinations to tell your story effectively through your paintings and illustrations

Colors embrace warmth

In Tokyo Storefront Series by Mateusz Urbanowicz, the artist introduces an interesting series of shops located in Tokyo district. Traditional Japanese elements combined with warm and blue undertones contrast nicely with the cooler leafy greens.

Tokyo Store Front Watercolor painting by Noike
Tokyo Store Front Watercolor painting by Noike

Colors create precision

Elena Limkina, a specialist in botanical drawings, produced this series – Portraits of Birds – in 2016. Adore the clever color choices and subtle gradients, which in fact helped to create a fascinating precision for this watercolor series


Colors bring harmony

In Cityscape series by Matt Carlson, the overall composition looks flawless, and you experience a greater harmony between the diverse shapes and structures, and delivers a candid representation of the subject architecture to the observer

Cityscape by Matt Carlson

Colors elicit drama

Maja Wronska captured the essence of this moment of nature in an exciting way. Blue is a surprise here, but then the overall color combination creates an outstanding chromatic bias of primary colors to your visual system, which put you into a form visual trance.

Jungle watercolor by Maja
Jungle watercolor by Maja

Colors simplify complexity

Colors often comprehend complex subjects in a simple way. In Havanna series by  Moris Wipperman, you notice brilliant use of striking gradients for detailing the ruffle nature of this subject which makes this painting series quite attractive (and my favorite)

Havanna by Moris Wipperman

Colors augment curiosity

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. Great art always welcome you to a world of wonder, fascination and reflection. In the work -Town of trees Made by Machine by Toshiya Shirotani, you experience a note of curiosity to what the artist intend to explain.

The metallic tree root and trunks draw viewer’s attention. Color combinations are cleverly executed. The elements of machine and nature are rightfully composed, and this creates ample curiosity in the eyes of beholder

Town of Trees by Toshiya Shirotani Color combinations
Town of Trees by Toshiya Shirotani

Colors amplify symbolism

Flower are always symbolic in sending messages to the viewer. Red roses are given to sweethearts, yellow flowers are given to appreciate someone,  purple tulips are given to represent companionship and so forth.  Flower Pattern by Natalia Tyulkina embodies an abstract view of a boutonniere pattern, without losing the warmth and vibrant aspects of nature.

Tyulkina Watercolor Paintings
Tyulkina Watercolor Paintings

Colors add delight

Shades of gold and red are always considered majestical, and also represents wealth and power. Ira Carela‘s baker street series brings all the sophistication and discipline of baking process in a delightful way.

Ira Carella Waterpainting
Ira Carella Waterpainting

Colors promote realism

Denver & Salt Lake Railroad passenger train by Howard L Fogg is a classic example on how colors are used to bring realistic flavors to the artwork. Artists usually apply lot of exaggeration to exhibit the power and drama of a locomotive, but Hogg has cleverly used the shades of blue, gray and white to keep the subject real and vibrant.

Colors create rhythm

Portraits are arduous to create. A very refreshing series, in which the personality, attitude and unique mannerisms of these personalities are very well captured by Alexander Dzinvel.

Portraits Watercolor
Portraits Watercolor

The magic these artists produced with pen, paint and color is a wonder to be reckoned with.  They are not shy of color and used it to bring their ideas and themes to life in a most brilliant and astonishing manner.  And, their love for color and courage to create powerful art brings us some delightful moments to cherish, and to be inspired.

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