|'Mystery 2' 12 x 18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Analogous Color Schemes are restful. Since the colors are next door neighbors to one another they are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. This color scheme is often found in nature so it it a perfect color recipe to use for a landscape painting. Paintings using this scheme are serene, peaceful, calm.
But I find a pure analogous color scheme to be a bit too calm and serene.....they can easily become a bit too boring to my liking. When I find myself using analogous colors I tend to incorporate the complement and some discords for some color surprise. This is known as Analogous-Complementary scheme and it is probably one of my favorites. I love using an the Analogous Color Wheel to help me.
How can we make a pure analogous scheme work ? I challenged myself to give it a try. It was difficult to stick with my chosen scheme of yellow, yellow-green, green and blue-green. I so wanted to take out some red- violet! I exercised restraint and in the end made it work. Here is what I learned:
|My chosen colors are yellow, yellow-green, green, and blue-green|
- Choose one of the colors in the scheme to be dominant. I chose Yellow-green.
- Choose a second color to be a support color and use it in a smaller amount. I chose Yellow.
- The third and fourth colors are used in an even smaller amount. These colors are accents. I used blue-green and green in the smallest amounts.
- Contrast becomes important in an analogous scheme. Make sure the contrast of dark and light is strong enough.
|My reference photo|
|This is the same scene using a Tertiary Triad color scheme|
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