Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Back to the color wheel
Here is a shot that one of the students e-mailed me. I am doing a demo on the second day of the workshop which was gray. It was drizzling a little so we set up under these huge trees that sheltered us from most of the rain and were able to continue to work outside.
Below is nice Mr. color wheel. Tonight we will talk about near complements. When you choose three notes in an orderly way from the color wheel you form a triad.
This color wheel shows a near complement. The complement of one of the colors is omitted and it's two flanking colors are used.
Below is a near complement. The yellow is offset with the colors on either side of its complement. As we learned not too long ago the two colors on either side of a note can be mixed to form a version (albeit grayed) of the note in the middle. But there is a significant difference when you do this. A color mixed with its complement is merely reduced. It has the same effect as adding gray. Colors mixed from near complements have a range of color. That range is not a wide one, but it does allow color harmonies rather than only reduction of the color.
Here is another near complement. Whole landscapes could easily be painted from this selection. It is a color chord. Just as an arrangement of complementary notes form a chord in music, they do the same in color. That chord might be harmonious or discordant but it IS a chord.