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The Art of Relationship

"Young at Heart-the husband-the wife" Diptych - Watercolor, Airbrush, Pencil, Acrylic on paper ©1994 NFS

RELATIONSHIP IN ART: The young boy on the left is confident, standing on one leg with one hand on his hip and the other on a pole which is stuck in the ground. You can almost see his future as a man, leaning on the security of what he sees as steady support for the living tree nearby. The girl, though a little taller, holds onto a frail young tree, balancing on one leg and holding her hand towards heaven. She almost mimics the life of the tree...and the life she will bare when she becomes his wife. Life is all about relationships. Marriage, is about two people who form a mutual relationship, which attempts to be cohesive and strong. If successful, they balance each other. The aspects one has, the other needs. Human relationships are replicated in Art. Sometimes it's referred to as the "Yin and Yang": According to Wikipedia "In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yin-yang or yin yang, 陰陽 yīnyáng "dark—bright") describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another." Relationship is valuable for the Artist as well. The Artist strives to complete relationships of color, balance or imbalance, excitement or discord.

Simple Tips on color theory:

Primary colors: RED, BLUE, YELLOW (all colors can be derived from these three colors)

Secondary color:, VIOLET, GREEN, ORANGE (these are derived from mixing 2 primary colors together)

Basic Complimentary colors: (RED & GREEN), (PURPLE AND YELLOW), (BLUE AND ORANGE)

Basic Color Theory Formula: Try mixing these colors!

1. mixing Secondary colors:




2. mixing complimentary colors:

(with a small amount of the complimentary color listed, you can dull down these colors)

(with an equal amount of complimentary colors you create brown or dark blackish brown)

Red+small amount of green=(do you imagine a brick house with a fireplace?)

Blue+small amount of orange (and white)=(can you imagine a hazy sky?)

Yellow+small amount of purple=(do you see a banana with brown spots?)

Purple+small amount of yellow=(shadows, shades of flowers)

Green+small amount of red=(more realistic colors of trees, shrubs grass)

Orange+small amount of blue=(sunset, warm brown, earth)

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