Discovering Art: The Making of an Artist Part 75
Part 75 Key Discovery:
Tertiary Color Harmonies & Esedra Giulio, Borghese Gardens, Rome By Barry John Raybould
Tertiary Color Harmonies
Much of the pleasure from viewing a painting is derived, to a large extent, from the harmony of the colors used in it. This harmony is basically an orderly relationship of colors, just as a musical harmony is an orderly relationship of notes. This is part of the music of the painting.
The tertiary harmony uses all six tertiary hues. You can think of these six tertiary hues as a warm and cool version of each of the three secondary hues.
In a landscape, the warmer yellow-orange and red-orange colors are usually seen in the foreground, together with yellow-greens in the vegetation. The cooler blue-greens are seen more in the middle distance. The red-violet and blue-violets are seen in distant hills and mountains, and in the near shadows.