Saturday, September 1, 2012

Red Geraniums #2: Visual Compliments Part 1

Red Geraniums #2/ oil on canvas board/ 6" x 6"/ sold

These are bright red geraniums painted beside their visual compliment of bright blue. More precisely a vermillion red color is paired with a turquoise blue.

Unlike red's mixing compliment of green (which will neutralize or grey down the red as it is added to it) its visual compliment will appear to make the red more vibrant when it is placed beside it in a painting. Printed color pairs of visual compliments were established by Ellen Marx in "Optical Contrast and Simultaneity". The pairs are reprinted in an article on Daniel Smith's web site:

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