Tuesday, 1 November 2011
There are several color (hues) schemes artists use to harmonize paintings. A split complementary color scheme is a color and 2 colors on either side of its complement. In the above paintings, I used the blue green hue and the split complements, red yellow (orange) and red purple on the Munsell color wheel. The first painting is fully saturated except for the sky and water (thin glazes show the white of the canvas). I have decreased the hues’ saturation (intensity) of the second image with the complements of the colors. For example, I used the red hue to decrease the saturation of the blue green colors. Red is the Munsell color wheel complement of blue green. When you alter the intensity of the hue, you also change the value (black and white gray scale). In my above painting the addition of red to the blue green hue made the value darker. When you alter the intensity you may also alter the hue.
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