Oh My! Vibrant Color!
On this gray winter day, the pond within sparkles with vibrant color. I just finished this painting of my imaginary Monet pond. My dream of creating a Monet garden begins on canvas. The pond beyond my windows still shrouded in winter color.
Jewel tones are vibrant color with cool temperatures. While the pinks have warmth, they are cool in relation to other warm colors, such as orange.
Earth Tones are not often thought of as vibrant color. Yet they CAN be vibrant! Look at how the earthy orange feels. When combined with warm and cool greens, it functions as an earthy tone.
We think of pastel tones as muted color, not vibrant color. In the artists' definition of pastel, pigment is mixed with white to create a pastel tone. It doesn't have to be mixed with sooooooo much white, that it fades away!
Mixing it All Together
Combining warm and cool variations of jewel, pastels, and earth colors ~ creates sparkle! When using these in a room, we alternate earth tones or neutrals according to personal preference.