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Color Theory: Studying The World Of Color With Isabella Kung

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Step 5: Getting A Good Focal Point


In combination with the color chart, you can use the color wheel to help you determine what colors work well together. The split-complementary creates an isosceles triangle on the wheel, and shows how to find 2 colors that will more subtly complement your base color. In the temperature sense, you’ll use a warmer and a cooler version of the complementary color to give a different variation in tone.

For practice, you can create a painting by layering a simple shape, like Isabella’s sun painting. She uses the power of a split-complementary color scheme here, painting the background in cool and warm violets while the focal point is yellow.

You’ll also notice that she created a transition from the yellow to violet by mixing these complementary colors. Whenever you do so, you’ll get a mixture that is considered “neutral” – either gray or brownish in hue. You can make different shades and tones of these neutrals by varying your complementaries and the ratios of each color mix. This chart below shows the many possibilities: