|Written by Barbara Simmons
The colors following the violets on the color wheel are from the
the visual above, I have mixed ULTRAMARINE BLUE with the colors
around the color wheel starting at COBALT BLUE. Towards the
middle of the line, the colors start to gray indicating the
complement of the blue.
this visual, COBALT BLUE is mixed with the colors around the
color wheel starting with TURQUOISE. The same thing happens
in the middle of the line, again and for the same reason.
NIGHT GALLERY was created using blue as the dominant color.
When I work with blue, orange will appear in the same work along
with colors analogous to the blue. I find the complementary
pair of orange/blue to be the most visually pleasing of all
the complementary pairs. It is not only a contrast of dark and
light, but also, a contrast of cool and warm.
visuals taken from NIGHT GALLERY show the interactions of the
cools and warms, and darks and lights.
CALM AT THE COVE was painted using the same colors as NIGHT
GALLERY. The difference was the mixing of the orange and blue
complements to create grays.
of the grays were light, some were dark ; some were warm and
some were cool.
The two paintings demonstrate atmospheres; one is clear and
intense, the other is muted and soft.
Choose a reference of a muted, soft colored scene and paint
it in intense blues with their complements painted beside the
blues. Choose a reference of an intense, brightly lit scene
and paint it in muted, soft blue/gray mixes with hints of the
complement as accents.