Monday, January 19, 2015

A Purple Color Challenge

The color
There are so many shades of purple from deep eggplant to delicate lilac.

I've always thought of purple as a "love it or hate it" color.
But with so many shades and the fact that, to me, it goes with
just about every other color, I think it's actually very lovable!

Purple's complementary color is yellow.

 Purple, being the combination of red and blue, can become warm or cool
depending on whether the red or the blue is more predominant.
The complementary color of reddish-purple is yellow-green.
 Yellow-orange complements a bluish-purple shade.

This is easiest to see on a color wheel,
where complementary colors are directly across from each other.

How pretty purple and green look together!

This photo is full of complementary colors.
I love the turquoise blue with the orange table,
as well as the purple and yellowish lanterns in the wallpaper..

A pretty use of color!

Every mix of blue and red can qualify as purple.
If we add a bit of yellow, the brownish tones are candidates too.
Perhaps that would be close to Pantone's color of the year for 2015
which is Marsala.

I hope you enjoy combining purple with other colors!
I can't wait to see how you use this sometimes-bold and sometimes-delicate color.

Link up your creation(s) here by Sunday, January 25
(the sooner the better to give everyone a chance to visit your blog)

Have a colorful week!





peggy gatto said...

I love all your examples, nice!!!

Niina Niskanen said...

Inspiring. I really love combinations of green and purple :)

Karen O'Lone-Hahn said...

I use complintary color schemes as a matter of course in all of my paintings. Here's a secret: I mix complimentary colors with one another to make my shade colors. example. I mix red and green together to shade a red object.

Maggie said...

Great technique, Karen! Thanks for sharing that :-)

Niina, I love green and purple too. It's found in nature so often!

Boo Martin said...

I love how purples goes so well with so many colors.

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