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      Color expert Dan Bartges is author of the book, "Color is Everything"
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      Assignment 3 In A Series Of 10      
      Dan Bartges. Homemade Limeade. Oil.      
      Color scheme: Triad      
      Severin Roesen (American; ca. 1815–1872). The Abundance of Nature, ca. 1855. Oil on canvas; 56.125" x 40.125". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art.
Photo by Katherine Wetzel. ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
      Color scheme: Complementary      

Q 1: What's the color scheme for Homemade Limeade?

A 1: I used a triad of violet, green and orange, sometimes lightening or darkening my colors by mixing in white and/or black.

Q 2: What color scheme did Severin Roesen use for The Abundance of Nature?

A 2: Roesen juggled four pairs of complements for this demanding still life—orange with blue, yellow with violet, green with red, and yellow-green with red-violet. The result is a glorious balance of warm and cool hues.

Q 3: What unifies the composition and gives stability to this towering arrangement of flowers, fruits and containers?

A 3: Roesen used the reliable composition of a pyramid to provide a sense of stability to this potentially unwieldy composition. Also, he placed the heaviest objects at the bottom of the arrangement as if ballast to weigh it down.


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