Painting Lesson - Color Perspective

Understanding the principles of color perspective; painting a field of strokes with the idea of warm colors coming forward and cool colors receding. Warm colors like red and yellow are considered advancing colors. Cool colors such as blue and green are receding colors.

In this exercise you will create paint strokes of cool colors blue and green and create a river of red strokes starting in the lower left and going across to the upper right. Keep your strokes the same size. Keep them evenly spaced so that there is white background showing through as in the example. This is the basic idea of color perspective where the warm color  (red) comes forward and cool (blue and green) recedes.

Color Perspective Exercise

Artist Painting Color Perspective

Below are some paintings by master artists that demonstrate how warm and cool colors control and manipulate space and perspective in the artwork:

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter
Abstract Painting 780-1, 1992
Henri Matisse,  Madame Matisse, The Green Line (La Raie verte)

Henri Matisse
Madame Matisse, The Green Line (La Raie verte)

Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell