Complementary (Contrasting) Colours

Complementary colours are opposites on the colour wheel. Put them together and they sing!

Blue/Orange. This is my favourite and the one I use the most in my paintings.
holes that let in the skyMorocco painting. Morocco Painting of Orange Walls
Red/Green. This combination is so ingrained in me as Christmas that I find it hard to think of the saturated combo as anything else. To avoid this I use two very different shades of the colour such as in these Croton leaves in darkest green and brilliant red.Croton leaf, dark with red dotsDark red and bright green.
The Purple Smoke Tree in Monet's GardenChristmas on a Belgian beach.
at Knokke-Heist on the Belgian CoastPurple/Yellow. This combination is particularly popular with flowers, especially spring ones, and always reminds me of Easter.
Purple crocuses seen on a walk through Queen Elizabeth Park in FebruaryAt full saturation they positively sizzle, spitting out equal parts of colour so fast one can barely look at them. This shimmery effect resulted in the psychedelic posters of the 60s and Op Art, but that’s another topic.

More of Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge: Contrasting Colours.


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