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S10 L4 Using a Complementary Scheme
In this lesson, S10L4 Using a Complementary Scheme of our TRANSPOSING COLOR series, Dianne uses a European street scene to show how a scheme of complementary colors can be used for transposing by varying degrees of intensity. This lesson shows an example of how a design scheme can also be a palette scheme for transposing color.
Included with your download is a PDF of a 10 percent saturation intensity wheel you can use as a tool to find the hue dominant in grays you are observing.
When we switch our attention from what a subject is to how we compose it, we have unlimited potential for visual expression. Transposing colors is wonderful composing tool. Just the simple switch away from the identity of the subject expands the artist’s options. Dianne hopes that this series will help to find clarity and self confidence as well as bring home a realization the your creativity is limited only by the limits you, yourself, put on it.
Among contemporary artists whose work reflects a confident use of complementary schemes, Lori Putnam stands out as most adroit. Take a look at her work HERE. Also, check out Margaret Kessler HERE and her book, Color Harmony HERE. Also, you can see examples of how Dianne works with transposing grays, by visiting her Earth’s Flora and Fauna page.