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Create a Mood with Color Key
© 1999 Nita Leland
Practice different color effects with your paints by adjusting the color key. High key color is shown above: light, bright with limited value contrast and no dark values. The colors used were Permanent Rose, Aureolin Yellow and Manganese Blue. Below, the colors create a more somber mood by ignoring light values, except for the lighthouse. This is called low key. The palette consists of Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Gold and Indigo, which make beautiful rich darks. Pick different combinations of colors and mingle them to see what mixtures they make, then paint sketches in high and low key.
For more on color key see Exploring Color Revised p. 95.