I love painting with analagous colors- that is, beautiful “color neighbors” on the color wheel.
Analagous colors typically work really well together because they are adjacent to one another and make natural blends with one another. In watercolor, analagous color combinations can create beautiful textures like you see in semi-opaque or semi-precious stones. (Think: turquoise jewelry.)
The painting above was created in a demo where I worked wet into wet with greens, dropping in neighboring greens or blues from my palette into each section. I saved one little section in the lower left hand area as white then, once all the blue/green areas dried, I popped in the compliment of green— red. (In this case, it was Carmine with a bit of Magenta- painted wet into wet also.)
I think it makes a pretty cool abstract painting!
Working with neighboring colors reminds me of how, in women’s ministry, there’s great beauty and power in friendships. When one woman invites a neighbor to a Bible study or event, it creates a beautiful new “color,” if you will.
Like the analogous color combination, neighbors can be easily overlooked. We see them all the time and out of neglect or over-familiarity, forget they are there. This analogous painting makes me stop and wonder if I’ve been overlooking a woman in my neighborhood or workplace who could benefit from an invitation to join me in Bible study or at an upcoming ministry event.
Could there be an analogous friendship- a beautiful neighbor- just waiting to be discovered around you as well? Let’s be in the lookout for her this week!
The Pondering Palette: Could there be a beautiful neighbor at home or work or church (or wherever) you’ve overlooked? Ask the LORD to open your eyes to see that neighbor this week. . .