Grand Cycle color pencils 13x16"
This was an exercise in color theory and abstraction that I started in one of the classes I attended when I first tried my hand in art about fifteen years ago. We had to bring a picture of a landscape to class and then proceeded to strip it down to the most basic shape and form. Then starting with warmest red to the coolest violet, we had to color the forms from foreground to background in order of the warm-cool scale regardless of what color the object was in the reference picture. Of course, having chosen color pencils as my medium to do the exercise, I was too slow to complete it in class. Many years later I went back to it and finished it with a modified version of the instructions as by then I couldn't remember much about the rules we were supposed to follow.
Recently, I came across a quote by artist Marc Chagal that explains the color theory succintly: All colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. I also just now discovered that googling 'color theory' yields a wonderful collection images and information! So off I go to explore :)