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Jana Lepejova
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art



Meditation, watercolor by jane-beata
Meditation, watercolor
Watercolor on 300g rough Arches paper, smaller size sketch that is quite fresh.

November 2015


For painting videos see my YouTube channel

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Girl with a butterfly, watercolor by jane-beata Spring 2015 in watercolor, closeup by jane-beata Self-portrait, 2015 by jane-beata Sleepy violet, watercolor by jane-beata


PE: The Impact of Color

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:06 AM


Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. It is a function of light and biology, not an exact science, no two people can see it exactly the same.

The human eye and brain together translate light into color. Light receptors within the eye transmit messages to the brain, which produces the familiar sensations of color. Newton observed that color is not inherent in objects. Rather, the surface of an object reflects some colors and absorbs all the others. We perceive only the reflected colors. Thus, red is not "in" an apple. The surface of the apple is reflecting the wavelengths we see as red and absorbing all the rest. An object appears white when it reflects all wavelengths and black when it absorbs them all.

"Colors are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings."

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Color by FishEye-lens

Red, green and blue are the additive primary colors of the color spectrum. Combining balanced amounts of red, green and blue lights also produces pure white. By varying the amount of red, green and blue light, a wide range of the colors in the visible spectrum can be produced.

The human eye can perceive more variations in warmer colors than cooler ones. About 8% of men and 1% of women have some form of color impairment. Most people with color deficiencies aren't aware that the colors they perceive as identical appear different to other people. Most still perceive color, but certain colors are transmitted to the brain differently.

"Color is a powerful physical, biological, and psychological force. When less color and less intense color is present, trace amounts and subtle differences become highly significant and are strongly felt. "

(John Paul Caponigro)

Color Me Rainbow by SubhadipKoley 


Color is light and light is energy. Scientists have found out that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is known as chromodynamics. 

Experiencing color is both objective and subjective - our personal and cultural associations affect this experience. Colors are seen as warm or cool mainly because of long-held (and often universal) associations. Yellow, orange and red are associated with the heat of sun and fire; blue, green and violet with the coolness of leaves, sea and the sky. Warm colors seem closer to the viewer than cool colors, but vivid cool colors can overwhelm light and subtle warm colors. Using warm colors for foreground and cool colors for background enhances the perception of depth.

"It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block."

(Paul Gauguin)

chloe by markdumanon

Although red, yellow and orange are in general considered high-arousal colors and blue, green and most violets are low-arousal hues, the brilliance, darkness and lightness of a color can alter the psychological message. While a light blue-green appears to be tranquil, wet and cool, a brilliant turquoise, often associated with a lush tropical ocean setting, will be more exciting to the eye. The psychological association of a color is often more meaningful than the visual experience.

"Red is a color I've felt very strongly about. Maybe red is a very Indian color, maybe it's one of those things that I grew up with and recognize at some other level."

(Anish Kapoor)

like wildfire by agnes-cecile

Colors act upon the body as well as the mind. :bulletred: Red has been shown to stimulate the senses, raise the blood pressure, increase the appetite and is also associated with danger and anger. :bulletblue: Blue, on the other hand, calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure and orderly, but it can create feelings of sadness or aloofness. Blue lowers the pulse rate and body temperature. :bulletgreen: Green is a cool color that symbolizes nature, represents health, good luck, inspiration but also jealousy. It is thought to relieve stress and helps heal. :bulletyellow: Yellow is a bright color, often described as cheery and warm, but quite fatiguing to the eye. While it's stimulating and represents energy, it can create feelings of frustration or anger. :bulletpurple: Purple represents nobility, royalty, wealth, wisdom and spirituality. Purple does not often occur in nature, it can sometimes appear exotic or artificial. This color, especially shades of violet, will definitely make a statement. 

"What a horrible thing yellow is."

(Edgar Degas)

Glow by sagittariusgallery

Brown is a natural color that evokes a sense of strength and reliability, bringing to mind feelings of warmth, comfort and security. Brown is considered a neutral color. Orange is an energetic color, bringing out excitement and enthusiasm. It is often used to draw attention, it's easier on the eyes as yellow but not as bold as red. Pink is essentially a light red, it's often associated with love and romance. It is thought to have a calming effect.

"With all their damned talk of modern painting, I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black!"

(Pierre-Auguste Renoire)

Danza 1 by alfhernandez

Black and White are not colors from the physical point of view, the first one absorbing all light in the color spectrum, the other reflecting all. Black is often used as a symbol of menace and evil, but it is also popular as an indicator of power. In many cultures, it associates with death and mourning; in ancient Egypt, it represented life and rebirth. In fashion, black is used for its slimming quality and associates with elegance. White represents purity and innocence, also hope. It is described as cold, bland and sterile. White helps reduce any nagging feelings of disappointment or drudge.

"White is poison to a picture: use it only in highlights."

(Peter Paul Rubens)

  watercolor, Summer water by HitomiOsanai 


In art as well as music, harmony comes from a pleasing arrangement of the parts. The science of color harmony categorizes colors and determines harmonious groupings, but where science becomes art is in knowing how to use these colors, in what proportions and in what order.

In color and music, contrasts intensify each other. Complementary colors bring out the attributes of each other. White becomes brighter on a black background, blue enhances the warmth of orange; opposite hues are especially attention-getting. This hue contrast can cause tension in the image, if you are using fully saturated colors. Complementary colors can be brought into harmony by reducing the saturation or by mixing a little of each color with the other.

"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No."

(Pablo Picasso)

This tension is at its strongest when large areas of complementary colors touch, this effect is known as simultaneous contrast. For the most part, it's visually disturbing and should be avoided. Separating large areas of complementary colors with a thin line of neutral white, gray or black will diminish the effect.

Varying the saturation or brightness of a color can cause light and dark contrasts. By simply working with complementary and analogous colors, a harmonious color scheme can easily be created. Pay attention to the saturation and brightness of the colors to prevent unexpected contrasts or to create intentional ones. If two colors are equal in saturation and proportions, the dominant color will be the one whose brightness is furthest from the background's. Similarly, if two colors have identical brightness, the dominant color will be the one whose saturation deviates more from that of the background.

"In order to change a color it is enough to change the color of its background.."

(Michel Eugene Chevreul)

How does color impact you, personally? What makes you choose one color over another? What's your favorite color combination?

Share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

Portrait of a Clown XXIV by sythesite Poppy... by Takir 254 Ann Siang Road, Singapore by tilenti
398 by yag65 Compassion Series: Invisible World by jialu

"Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter."

(Paul Klee)


Traditional Art Week Summary (June 2014)

Oh my oh my, how time does fly! Our Traditional Art Week is now officially over, in case you missed any of our articles, here's the full list ♥

Many thanks to our hard-working contributors > SylwiaTelari, Goodnight-Melbourne, jamberry-song for their dedication!

Monday June 9th

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata

Tuesday June 10th

Wednesday June 11th

Thursday June 12th

Friday June 13th

Saturday June 14th

Sunday June 15th

Chat event by jane-beata
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata

Don't despair! Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for September 2014!
If you wish to suggest a topic for an article, please do so using this forum.


Your favorite butterfly portrait? 

85 deviants said Girl with a butterfly, watercolor by jane-beata
83 deviants said Lady with a butterfly, watercolor painting by jane-beata
19 deviants said Her butterfly dreams by jane-beata


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PELLUCIDART Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  New Deviant
Hello! I just want to inform you that I used a photo of one of your works in our magazine project. I inserted your name on the cover for proper credits and acknowledgments but still, I hope you won't get mad:…
MintChocolateChirp Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Your art is very beautiful :)
LoveableMonster00 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I am LoveableMonster00. I am holding a donation pool on my page and it would be great if you could donate some points, even if it's just one. I am not forcing you and if you take this as spam, feel free to inform me. Remember, I am not forcing you. Thank you for your co-operation! :)
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MsSophieArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you really really inspire me a lot to develope my watercolour techniques. thank you a lot...i tried to make some gentle techniques, too but i cant stop using the colours and using and using....i love your sense of style and the white liners...can learn a lot!!!!a little bit like agnes ^^ greets from germany
QCC-Art Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A gallery of fantasy images for you to enjoy:…

Compliments of the QCC Art Gallery :)
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RamziSaqqar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional Artist
Used Some of Your Textures Here Dreamer Thank You So Much!
ambermariaalice Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been away from DA for a while so I forgot how much I love your work, it's so gorgeous
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Riemea Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lintu47 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :wave:
Thank you for the :+favlove:
Have a nice day! Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] by Jerikuto
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Lexi247 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day!
Safiro15 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why is Slovakia so full filled with amazing artists? :heart:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss talking to you Cuddling Practice by TheHugClub
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jane!

Long time no chat! I was wondering if you posted (and then took down) the commission you did for me in 2012 - the watercolor Butterfly.  I was going to add it to my Favorites Gallery.


~ H-A-Cooke
diana-0421 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Tag a quality deviant, You’re it! Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!
Astralseed Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
A very warm,healthy,successful & magically filled with love & happiness new year 2015 to you & your family,
take care and stay safe!Hug
Warmest Greetings by KmyGraphic ChristmasWishes by KmyGraphic Merry-Christmas 2015 by KmyGraphic 
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rachelynnmain Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work :)
Patricia-Kunrath Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
I LOVE your work!
Ad-mi-rall Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
mega veci tu mas... zíram! watchujem! a tesim sa na dalsie!
machinedeer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
You do amazing work.
FlourCat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Hello. My name is Amber. I know that you probably get tons of comments. After a while, you probably didn't even look at them. Don't worry, I've done that with my dA feed. I still want to express my opinion.
I think that it is absolutely amazing that you manage to put so much depth into your paintings. I think it's fantastic the way you make a realistic drawing and then splash it with vibrant colors. I think your style is so unique and beautiful.
I hope I didn't annoy you with this comment, but I felt the need to just write down how great an artist you are.
lweegiel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you do those details? So Awesome!!!
Alazano Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Sorry for double posting, but it is very important.
I wanted to ask again, if I have to buy for using this photo:…
Thank you for an answer<3
Your art ist amazing!!
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
:ahoy: :hug:
You have done wonderful work even before you became a heart, and continued after as well. Thank you for everything that you did! :)
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Thank you so much for everything you did for the Community! Hug :iconsqueezehugplz:Party It was my absolute honor to be your Suggester so many times! Heart Love

Please don't stop being wonderful! :iconcocoglompplz: I hope that you will become soon again a CV! ;) (Wink) :iconcocoloveplz:
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