Blue and Orange

If you have an awareness of color theory, you know that complimentary colors are considered opposites. They are called complimentary because they enhance each other when placed together. Blue and orange are complimentary. Colors that are similar to each other like red and orange are called analogous.

The three abstracts I’m posting today feature both types of color relationships but it is the complimentary or opposite aspect that charges them with a sense of energy and variety. In all three the analogous oranges and reds provide the main setting with the smaller areas of blue providing the complimentary “punch”.

All three abstracts were created in Procreate app for iPad using an Apple Pencil.

mainly analogous red, orange and yellow with touches of complimentary blue for variety
mainly analogous red, orange and yellow with touches of complimentary blue for variety
This image was edited in iColorama app to add a leathery surface texture
This image contains mainly analogous orange and yellow with complimentary blue. There are also greens which are analogous to the blue and yellow that provide a bit more subtlety to the color scheme.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

2 thoughts on “Blue and Orange”

    1. Thanks for commenting Donna. I thought it might be interesting to say a few words about color theory to accompany the abstracts since they were clearly based on those concepts. I hope it helped when looking at the abstracts themselves.


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