Series 30: APPLYING COLOR SCHEMES
Cool-Warm Complements – S30L1
This lesson is S30L1, Cool-Warm Complements of the APPLYING COLOR SCHEMES Series. Using as her reference a creek bank, Dianne shows how we can give a new color interpretation by using a set of complements. By retaining the value structure and varying the intensities and temperatures of the complements blue and orange, she allows blue to reinterpret cool local hues and orange to reinterpret warmer hues.
When French Impressionist Claude Monet did multiple studies of a single scene, he was interpreting rather than describing what he saw. Often to enhance his impressions, he would transpose the local color into a color scheme. A color scheme is a limited set of colors with a relationship found on the color wheel. Like Monet, these four lessons each use a different color interpretations for the same scene.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using color schemes. Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.