Day 23 – The Afterimage of Complementary Colors

“If you stare at a square of color for a long period of time, like thirty seconds to a minute, and then look at a white paper or wall, you will briefly see the afterimage of the square in its COMPLEMENTARY COLOR.”

Full Art Catalog (FAC) will provide the white paper, or white board for this complementary or opposite discovery. The recording of content and ideas like complementary colors or opposite colors, will eliminate and illuminate the often grey confusion of artist expression and an artist’s statement.

Isaac Newton created the color circle defining the relationship of opposite colors. This lead to the creation of the Color Wheel, defining the 3 primary colors as blue, red and yellow, the secondary colors when these colors are combined as orange, purple and green. When using these colors in different combinations it was discovered that the colors opposite to each other on the color wheel were the most harmonist and COMPLEMENTARY to the optic and visual experience. From tapestries to kaleidoscopes this arrangement of colors emphasizes that in harmony how important the use of contrast is needed.

Claude Monet’s use of the complementary colors of orange and blue in his painting “Impressions, Sunrise “began the Impressionist Movement. Vincent van Gogh use of the battle of the complementary colors were used to emphasis his bold statements in his Art.FA-C will provide and promote the interpretations in Art expression visually or verbally and the importance of opposites or complementary relationships will provide a constant wave of AFTERIMAGES to learn from and enjoy.


*Featured image: Aegea Barclay


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