Analagous Color Scheme

Analagous Color Scheme

Lesson 13

The next most important part of color theory is harmony.  Color harmony is essentially the art of putting colors together that look good. That’s pretty much it la notice de viagra. I’ll keep using the musical metaphors because in music we also have harmony. So think about color harmony in the same way, except visually. When you here a song you can tell if the musicians are all singing in harmony or not, if there’s one person who is out of key then it also throws the others off as well. Think of color harmony in the same way.  When placing colors on a canvas you are creating visual vibrations which can either work, or fight each other.  Your goal may be to create intensity and a feeling of unease, and if that is the case then by all means use the opposite of what would be a comforting and harmonious color scheme.

Analogous Color Schemes

Analogous color schemes make use of colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel.These colors are reminiscent of nature and can be calming to the eye. When using an analagous color scheme it pays to have a very high contrast between your colors. Take a look at the examples below and take note of how they make you feel as you look at them. With painting it is important to remember that you are creating an overall feel to a painting. You’re not just illustrating an event. Things likes analogous color schemes are simply tools which can be utilized to create a certain mood.


Example 1: In this image of various analogous color schemes we can feel a kind of  groovy style. Very reminiscent of the 1960s because these types of natural analagous schemes were used very frequently in interior design.  What I want you as a painting student to start to see is how this particular color scheme evokes a certain feeling within you.


Example 2:  Here’s a great example of analogous color schemes in space.  Notice that all these colors are also virtually the same value. The blue end of analogous color schemes can also seem serene and mystical.


Example 3: Here we can see how these color schemes are present in small sections of nature all around us.  When looking for this particular color scheme it is sometimes better to look very closely at a small section of nature. In the example above we see yellows, oranges, and some light greens mingling together nicely.

Extra Credit!: If you have access to a digital camera. Go out and take 20 photos of various analogous color schemes which you can find in nature.

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