Color Schemes


For this piece, the monochromatic, I went back to black and white on wood. It was quite a bit different brushing on wood as opposed to paper, held up much better. As is usual of most of my pieces, I don’t even begin with a plan, I begin painting and see where it goes from there.

For the portrait piece I began a bit small, not very familiar or fond of using colors directly opposite of each other. This one turned out alright through, but I could’ve pushed the values a bit further for the shades. I kept to lighter shades of red and darker shades of green, which turned into brown at some points.

For the Triadic piece I again began with a blob of paint on the paper. I’ve become very fond of letting the paint trail and fade from the brush at the ends, giving a sense of movement. I’ll have to keep working on my technique to actually grasp the movement, it’s very rudimentary here, but fits the purpose for the style I seem to be developing. I can’t paint a straight line worth a darn, so I go with however my wrist wants to paint. This time I got smart and put the lighter colors on first, I fought alot with the darker colors in some of the other pieces, I keep thinking of dry media as I begin the pieces… :/


For the Split complementary I ended up exploring more of the dry fade of the brush against solid colors. reminds me of watercolor, and it seemed appropriate with the green and blue. The orange was hard to place, and this was one of those pieces that I didn’t put the brighter color on until I realized where to put it…

The wrinkles on the paper drive me mad. They catch light everywhere. Time for an upgrade.


Oh I’m at no skill with color at all! but this was fun nevertheless.

Color Schemes – Lauren F.

IMAG0563Ohhh, look, a punkin!  Here is my Triadic scheme.  I liked this one the least of all, because it ended up looking just kind of muddy.  It’s Halloween themed, though!

IMAG0564Complimentary Portrait – I wanted to do a self-portrait, but I have not yet learned how to get PEOPLE, if that makes sense.  I can get my lines right and totally lose my face.  I need work.  The color scheme was straightforward, though.

IMAG0565I decided to do a blue monochromatic scheme, because my mother likes that color scheme.  I liked using the blues because they made the forest seem mysterious.  Wish her head was in proportion.  But whatevs.

IMAG0567I liked this color scheme – Split Complementary – the best.  It has a lot of really great contrast.  I decided to use that and go for a relatively simple design, kind of impressionistic.  This is my favorite piece from this assignment.

Color Schemes-Winston


Tania Winston. Pumpkin Patch. Monochromatic. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12. Orange.

I used orange for this Monochromatic style. I used straight orange for the pumpkins and then mixed in a little black to make the orange darker to do the details of the sides. I added more black and got a brown color for the stems. I took the darker orange that I first mixed and added some white for the ground. I then used orange and white to do the sky, with a bare tinge of orange white for the clouds. The grass detail was the dark brown for the stems with a little white to lighten it up a little. This one is actually my favorite, I actually am proud of the job I did. I can’t believe how good it came out!


Tania Winston. HairFlower. Split Complementary. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12. Red-orange, Yellow-orange, Blue

I used the yellow-orange for the skin, and then did a blue mixed with black for the background hair, a dark midnight blue. I then added blue and white in various stages for the locks of hair. The flowers were different hues of the red-orange, yellow-orange, and blue mixed with a little white.

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Tania Winston. Day of the Dead. Triadic. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12. Red, Blue, Yellow

I painted the hair grey because I thought the red, blue, and yellow would stand out more than if I had painted the hair black.


Tania Winston. Cacti at Arches National Park. Complimentary. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12. Yellow-green, Red-violet.

I used the yellow-green in different hues for the cacti, with the lightest hue for the quills. For the ground I used the red-violet, and for the two rocks a darker hue mixed with a little more violet.

Bridget Jensen: Color Schemes

This assignment was fun. I liked using the adobe color wheel to help me with my colors. I did have a hard time mixing them to get the color I truly wanted, but over all I think I did fairly well. I used a digital created portrait however I used the colors of my skin not necessarily complementary colors. These are in order as the homework was ordered. Complimentary, Monochromatic, Split complimentary, and Triadic
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Jackie Color schemes


This was not as Monochromatic as I think it probably should have been but it was fun to do. I did enjoy working with the hair and the moon though I feel that the ocean did not flow quite the way I wanted it to. I feel their is also a bit to much color in it but other than that It is okay.


This was my Triadic color piece. The colors are green purple and red orange combination.  I hate the background on this piece I feel it throws the whole thing off. Green did not do my any favors in this one. I do like how the body and the heart on the platter turned out. The middle section was quite fun in this way.

complementary colors

I do not think this piece works. This was my complementary color piece and though I tried to make it work it just would not behave itself. One of the may downfalls to painting on paper is that it likes to absorb and distort what you are trying to do. That horrible smear on her forehead is a result of me trying to layer yellow over purple. This does not work on paper, woe is me. The colors for this were yellow and purple.




This is my split complementary color piece. It is made of violet, red violet, and yellow. I actually really like how this one turned out. I had a lot of fun creating and painting this piece.

Color Schemes – Patty

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For my portrait exercise I obviously used blue and orange.  I tried this one a couple of times.  It seemed the more I tried to paint the worse it turned out, so it looks like I stopped painting too soon, but it definitely looks better than the one I spent a lot of time on.  The monochromatic color scheme is a little rough, but I just started dark and kept adding white to the blue.  For my split complementary exercise I used blue violet, blue green and yellow orange.  By the time I got to the Triadic exercise I was getting a little tired and not sure I created too interesting of a design.  I call it “Tidal Wave.”

Joel S – Color Schemes


4 Orange Hues, 3 Blue Hues

5 Hues of Green
Split Complimentary
2 Yellow Hues, 2 Blue Hues, 1 Purple Hue
2 Hues each of Orange, Purple, and Green

These exercises sucked up quite a bit of time! I feel more comfortable with acrylic today than I did three days ago by a pretty huge margin. I think it was really good to go over color schemes, it’s making me look at things all around me a bit differently. My self portriate ended up looking pretty scary, I didn’t do a really good job of the facial.. bits.. (I tried to make up for this with my Project 2 portrait). This was a week full of trial and error, but It was nice knowing that these were just exercises, and that they didn’t need to be perfect.

Gloria Color Schemes

IMG_3930Gloria Kimmel Hues Size 9×12 inches

Split complementary was hard to get this together to make it look as a shooting star. I two split complementary the first one is   blue, yellow orange and red orange, the second split color are violet, yellow green and yellow orange.


IMG_3934Gloria Kimmel Hue Size 9×12 inches

this one is Monochromatic I use green, I mix green with black and white, also I have yellow and blue to get this different tones of green. the palm tree is a dark green which look like black

IMG_3936Gloria Kimmel Hue Size 9×12 inches

this one is triadic color, I use yellow, blue and yellow, I did not have much of issue with this combination.

IMG_3938Gloria Kimmel Hue Size 9×12 inches

this one is Complimentary colors, I use many color I have the cubic form to mimic the rubik cube. I use blue and orange, violet and yellow, yellow and green, and blue violet and yellow orange.