Friday, May 18, 2012

Split Complementary

A split complementary choice is a palette that is made up of 3 analogous colors (side by side on the color wheel) and one contrasting (complementary) color.  For example: yellow orange, orange, and red + blue. The contrasting color provides an emphasis in the focal area.  In this painting, the contrasting color is on the shadow side of the boat and repeated in a more neutral hue in the buildings. 

Split complementary color schemes provide a feeling of harmony and unity.  Choose your own combination and try it!

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