Bring On the Color!

The Color Wheel by Constanza Vera (me!)

I first started thinking about my color combinations when I began to find a pattern in the way that one of my closest friends greeted me every day at school. She would look me up and down and comment on what she referred to as my “distinctive” fashion choices. I would scratch my head and wonder whether this was a good or bad thing. The next morning I would be getting ready for school and for a split moment contemplate whether my bright neon zebra print leggings under my pink shorts were a little over the top. That moment of hesitation resulted ineffectively when I’d decide to keep it on and even add my red zig-zagged belt to throw in a kick. Yes, this was me--showing up to school wearing 7 different colors, bedazzled pink shoes and a striped headband to tie it all together. YIKES.

As I grew older, I realized that my crazy usage and understanding of color began to cause disruption in my art. Thankfully, by taking art classes that have explained color theory to me, I have managed to find a way to express myself in a how do we call it...less intense way. Instead, I am now able to captivate every emotion that I wish to convey and even at times in the same daring way.

Through color theory, I have learned about this little thing called harmonizing color. Harmony in color combinations helps to create order and ultimately engage our viewer towards our piece. Here, we want to avoid creating a visual that falls into the category of being bland, or on the other hand overly chaotic. Our human tendency is to completely neglect information that is understimulating. This means that if your color combinations are “boring” or on the other hand so chaotic and overdone, the viewer will not even want to look at it. This is why it is so important to incorporate structure.