Ever have trouble figuring the complement color you should use to create color harmony in your paintings Here is a simple solution.
I painted this piece of yellowish orange cloth and wanted to know what would work best in the shadows of the folds. So I painted a swatch of that color on a piece of matt board and placed a black dot in the center. Next to the swatch I placed a black dot.
I stared at the dot intensely in the color swatch for 20 seconds or longer and then stared at the dot on the white paper and the color that eventually appeared was a blue violet. Hence the small shadow spot in the fold.
We all know the color wheel will give the complement but when it comes to those muddy grays sometimes it is hard to tell which way to go. This may not be the right value or maybe the chroma you want but it will give you a good complement base to work with.
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