Color Theory


fall-leaves-falling-2We are learning about color theory in art class.

Nature's blessings
fall-leaves-falling-2Our assignment this week is to create a color wheel and using just three colors see how many colors we can create.

chairs of color

fall-leaves-falling-2It seems like this is an exercise I have done ever since Kindergarten, yet it seems more on purpose somehow.


fall-leaves-falling-2It's making me notice all the colors that surround our lives.

fall tree with sun

DSC03876I love it when nature visits through a window and seems to invite itself inside.


fall-leaves-falling-2Reminding you that they were here first before we thought of mixing colors together...

to decorate a room,

decorate a room

fall-leaves-falling-2to accent a photograph,


fall-leaves-falling-2to paint a painting, or to design.

fall-leaves-falling-2This time of year the voice of nature seems more like thunder to me than a whisper.

Autumn Bridge

fall-leaves-falling-2Announcing "Here I am"

Moutain backdrop

fall-leaves-falling-2boasting colors that take our breath away.

Whether against the backdrop of a gray sky,


fall-leaves-falling-2or reflecting it's beauty in a glorious sunset

vermont fall 19

fall-leaves-falling-2and then spilling onto the clothes we choose to wear.

duwali 4

fall-leaves-falling-2Nature's color says it best.

one red flower

fall-leaves-falling-2Color theory, a good place to make yourself more aware of the beauty on our canvas.  Any exercise that makes me more mindful about life seems to be a good lesson.

fall-leaves-falling-2The song for this post is Color You In.
Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow Karen! These photos are so beautiful. The colors pop and make you realize how inspiring mother nature really is! Beautiful post!

Mary Lou said...


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Amazing as always! You are the best.

Just wanted to let you know that I have another picture of that arrangement you mentioned that might make for a better composition if you want to usse it. I'll be happy to email it to you. Just let me know!


Sheila :-)

Cinner said...

Karen I was surfing before bed, tired, now that I have come to your post, I am wide awake, happy, inspired. I simply love color. I am coming back in the morning. thank you, cinner.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You are a master at storytelling, color combination, and teaching. Karen, you have all the colors on your palate mixed to perfection. You are my teacher in more ways than one, seriously. You are the one that taught me in a quiet way, how to blog. I am grateful to you for so much, and these colors here are a joyous expression of our hearts to you dearest one. How I would love to meet you.....Anita

Snap said...

Gorgeous, Karen. Yes ... color theory ... get out and see color in its true form ... Mother Nature! YeeHaw!!!!!!!

Vee said...

The www is having troubles this morning. I've waited for your post to fully load, but have decided that I can declare it beautiful even if I can see just six photos and not all. This must be an interesting exercise for an artist...simple and direct and I like how you said "with more purpose."

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Gorgeous post, Karen! I loved studying color theory but my professor was a bit of a snit...nothing was quite good enough no matter how we mixed our paint. Still I loved it anyway since I love color sooooo much!
This was a fabulous visit! Thanks!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Wow! What a fun art lesson today, and you are a marvelous teacher. Such beauty in nature, don't you agree?

Love this song too,

For some reason I only hear your music when I am in the US, and not in the UK. Makes viewing your posts more fun in the US!

Carol said...

Love this post, great pictures!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear and precious Karen,

I am home now, where I love to be the most, and I am able to visit with you to thank you for your lovely comment. Like I have said before, I have learned much from YOU. You continue to teach me and encourage me, and I can say with full confidence that you are my mentor in so many ways. This is such a gorgeous post as well, and color can teach us so many things. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!! Much love to you, Anita

Lisa Balazs (Seshat Moon Willow) said...

How lovely! I'm just learning to paint myself. Right now I'm learning about shading.
Hugs, LisaKay

Kathleen Grace said...

Beautiful photos, you know how I love brilliant color! Have you gone back to school?

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen - What glorious pictures! I was oooing and ahhhhing over each picture. I'm going back to look at them again. laurie