Tertiary Triptych

Color theory holds that there are three primary colors, Red, Yellow and Blue. Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors as follows; Orange = Red plus Yellow / Green = Blue plus Yellow / Violet (Purple) = Red plus Blue. The tertiary colors are made by mixing equal parts of one primary color and one secondary color. There are six tertiary colors: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green. Of course you can make an infinite variety of in between shades of these tertiary colors by varying the amount of one of the two color components. This brings us to the three compositions that make up today’s triptych. They all share the same very limited palette of tertiary (in between) colors.

In addition to my usual straight lines and circles, I’ve made an effort to create shapes with flowing organically curved lines. This both softens the subject matter and adds more motion (flow) to the compositions.

Although I’m calling the end result a triptych, the three elements of it were designed separately as individually complete and balanced compositions in themselves and can be viewed separately.

They can also be viewed in many different combinations to make up various triptychs. Below are just a few possibilities.

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.

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