Complementary Colours

by Deb Mallett on February 8, 2010

in Art, Colour

Your iStock credits will be expiring soon…”

Brett Lamb Painting, orange fields against blue sky


I’m going to concentrate on the good things about expiring credits. It gives me an excuse to go back in and have another look. To take a leisurely wander through and discover new things. Instead of searching for something specific you can grab – the images jump right out and grab you.

Like this one.

”Boldness has genius, power and magic. Engage, and the mind grows heated.
Begin, and the work will be completed.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are discussing colour at Sheila Finkelstein’s Point and Shoot course. And this painting by Brett Lamb is a wonderful example of how complementary colours … well, how they complement each other. How they seem to be playing off each other. So vibrant, bold and engaging.

Complementary colours are directly across from each other on the colour wheel—as far away from each other as they can get. Yet the closer they get together, the more they come alive.

Colour wheel

Goethe's Colour Wheel, 1810, Public Domain

Blue is across from orange. Look how they come together in Brett’s painting!

I’d love to see more examples of how complementary colours complement each other. Do you have any to share?

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