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I've gotten some nice comments lately about my color pallets, so I thought I'd share a bit.

I spent about ten years doing commercial digital photo retouching. That, and my art school training, have given me a pretty solid understanding of color science, theory and color relationships. But that's not how approach color in my art.

I work with color more like I think of, or rather hear, musical harmony and the tuning of frequencies. Kind of like tuning a guitar by ear or selecting musical chords and progressions to create a composition. There are formulas and rules but it's really done intuitively — by eye rather than ear, and with very little conscious technical consideration. I roughly "harmonize" the pallet several times while I'm working on a piece and then when I get near completion I spend a lot of time moving colors back and forth, "tuning" each to create the exact harmonies and dissonances that work for my eyes and my soul. Often the adjustments are minute, but sometimes I completely change the pallet late in the process. One of the advantages of working digitally is that it's fairly easy to isolate and precisely adjust colors at any time in the process.

I could go on, and maybe I will in another post.

Robert NendzaComment