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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.

SIMPLIFIED COLOR SCHEMES:

Monochromatic:

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.

Analogous:

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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