examples of my painting color schemes
compliment + one half right
Compliment plus a half left and compliment plus a right half are the color schemes I most often use.
If I don't use compliment colors plus a half left, I often use compliments plus a half right.
Complimentary colors are any two colors directly across from each other on the color wheel.
The addition of a complimentary cool color always adds zing to the painting.
It also gives me the opportunity to mix dark colors for value contrast.
Place your color scheme template on the color wheel.
As you turn the template see all the beautiful color combinations that are possible.
Complimentary colors can be used for high contrast paintings.
Complimentary colors are also used for mixing darks and other neutral colors.
In this painting I used the color yellow-green with its compliment red-violet.
I softened colors with white and got myself a lovely rose painting.
Here I use the same two compliments as in the rose painting.
But to give the painting more variety, I added a color next to each compliment.
This gave me some brighter colors for the highlights by adding lemon yellow.
Adding dioxazine purple gave more depth to the darks.
This is an example of another complimentary color scheme.
I chose orange with new gamboge and ultramarine blue as the complement.
Blue and orange are compliments for making darks.
I mix the darks while I am painting.
They darkened the blue feathers and made his dark beak and eye.
Cardinal 'n' Dogwood
The triad painting color scheme uses three colors spaced equally around the color wheel. A triad color scheme gives a balanced painting.
In this cardinal painting I used the primary colors red, yellow and blue.
The primary colors are the basic colors that all other colors come from.
Turn the color scheme template and select any three equally spaced colors that suit your subject.
The semi-triad painting color scheme uses two primary colors with a secondary.
The primary colors are always ideal for mixing other colors.
If you use single pigment colors, the secondary colors are good for mixing, also.
Here I used blue, violet red and yellow green.
An analogous color scheme is made of three or more adjoining colors anywhere on the color wheel.
They may be either warm or cool colors or a combination of warm and cool.
Analogous colors have automatic color harmony because they are adjoining colors.
I did this sea shell painting from actual shells that I set up. Their natural colors were in perfect harmony.