Warm & Cool Colors
Warm colors are your reds, oranges, and yellows,
while your cool colors are your blues, greens, and (some)purples.
Warm Cools, & Cool Warms
Now, I’d like to also mention you can have warm cools, and cool warms, and some colors may vary more than others. For instance, you can have a purple that leans more towards a warm purple if there’s more red in it, or a cool purple if there’s more blue in it. A green can lean toward a more yellow green, making it a warm cool, or it can lean toward a blue green and stay within the cool family.
When working in oils, it’s important to understand your warms and cools. Example, if you have warm shadows, that will direct what colors your shadows will lean towards. And vice versa. Try to keep your warms and cools clean. Understanding if your subject is in the warm family, or cool family can help you better your color mixing, and make for a more unified, harmonious painting in the end.
Thanks for joining me today to talk a little about color!
I hope you found this helpful!