Series 30: APPLYING COLOR SCHEMES
Using Split Complements – S30L4 Download
This lesson is S30L4, Using Split Complements of the APPLYING COLOR SCHEMES Series. Using as her reference the creek bank from Lessons 1, 2 & 3, Dianne shows how we can give a new color interpretation using a split complement triad scheme. She retains the value structure, reinterpreting the scene with the split complement triad, red violet, yellow and green, designating the cooler of these for in shadow areas and the warmer for areas not in shadow.
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.