Kirk's Fine Art Blog

Color can be confusing. It can make or break a work of art. I posted this simple lesson in color theory a while back, and I think it’s worth re-posting. The first part contains brief explanations of simple color schemes, and the second part contains an analysis of color in Carl Bloch’s Pool of Bethesda.



In theory, a monochromatic color scheme only uses variations of a single color. This example shows various tints and shades of blue.

Monochromatic color scheme.

Mother Color:

A mother color composition uses at least a little bit of one color mixed in to all the other colors. This unifies the colors by giving them all a slight tint of that color. In our example here, the mother color is green.

Mother color color scheme.


In theory, an analagous color scheme uses colors found next to each other on the color wheel. Since the colors are similar…

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