The Color Harmony Approach

colorsWhen applied to the art of painting, the color theory is the field of practical guidance to aid in color mixing and determining the visual impact of different color combinations. The principles used in color theory were first recognized and probably established sometime in the 1400’s and became more developed sometime during the 18th century.

The color theory aims to help people understand why some colors work well together while some do not. Color theory also helps on how painters are able to come up with designs for their paintings as color is an important element of composition. And most of all, the use of color theory will greatly help painters on how to properly mix colors to come up with the type of color desired.

In painting, the color theory is usually used for its principles on color harmony. Artists try to follow a certain method to create a certain type of realistic picture in their paintings. Different painters from history try to experiment and come up with different color harmony approaches in order to create the type of painting that they have in mind. This usually involved color schemes that today have largely been classified in order to help guide the modern artist.

Approaches to color harmony may vary depending on what the artist aim to achieve. There are quite a number that artists can make use for their compositions. The most basic approach would be the monochrome where the whole painting composition is based on a single hue. The subtle differences in the composition can be achieved by adjusting the purity and the tones of that certain hue.

Another way would be through the complementary approach where the painting composition makes use of one hue and its complementary- blue and orange for example. The hues created using them can be mixed in various ways and can also be used with black or white. A composition that makes use of just three hues follows the analogous approach.

The 12-color wheel is usually used to determine the three hues. This color harmony scheme can either make use of one pure hue and two other semi-neutral hues. Another would be using three high key pure hues or they can also be of one dominant, one subordinate, and one minor hue. The hues being used can be adjusted for tone.

Another color harmony approach would be the split complementary where three hues are used in addition to a complementary hue of the mid-hue being chosen. With this approach, paintings may be able to achieve a warm or cool balance more easily. The triadic approach on the other hand makes use of three hues that are equidistant on the color wheel.

They can either be composed of the primary colors only or they can also be made up of secondary colors. The hues may vary by adjusting the purity and the tone. Achieving color harmony in paintings is important for creating remarkable artistic masterpieces and might not be that easy to master in such a short time. Getting better comes with experience and a lot of painting practice.

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