CB/28 – Complementary colours.

CB/28 - Complimentary colours.

ISO 1600, f/9, 1/50 sec, 70mm. To view large image:http://wp.me/p3RVOB-12a

Complementary colours:

As I have painfully discovered, it is nearly impossible to find complementary colours isolated from any other colour in the landscape. Very flat light also hindered me but the balance of complementary colours worked well for me here. The top left of the image contains red and the right side contains green of approximately the same saturation and 1:1 ratio (Birren,1994:59). The two blocks of colour are balanced by means of the bottom left of the forest containing green and the bottom right containing red. The house is the central feature with blue tones that complement the orange on the water line. This second complementary pair contrasts and gives a central point to the image where the eye is drawn. Graphically the image is well balanced with a stabilizing waterline and the ‘single point’ house punctuates and is placed to give emphasis to the domineering backdrop. It is also positioned opposite the frame edge it faces. The red and green hues are reflected subtly in the water. Joe Cornish ‘Swaledale’ is one example of similar use of red and green in land scape.(www.joecornishgallery.com).

Tutor response:
This landscape offers a subtle combination of colour with an autumnal view of a wooded hillside across the lake, both colour and subject are complementary with the geometry of the house and the soft organic woodland.


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