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      March Student Page      

      Concept, Composition, Confidence, Contrast, Color Harmony, Character, Courage      
      By Dan Bartges      
      Assignment 7 In A Series Of 10: CONTRAST, Part II      
      Any two colors directly opposite one another on the color wheel are called "complements" or "contrasting colors." These special pairs of colors will always harmonize with each other.      
      Dan Bartges. Roses on a Windowsill. Oil.      
      Theodore Wores (American; 1859–1939). The Chinese Fishmonger, 1881.
Oil on canvas; 34.75" x 46.125". Gift of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson/Smithsonian American Art Museum.
      Carl W. Peters (American; 1897–1980). Little Village, 1930. Oil on canvas; 42.5" x 48.25". Gift of Mrs. Carl W. Peters/Smithsonian American Art Museum.      
      Gilbert Stuart (American; 1755–1828). John Adams, 1826. Oil on canvas; 30" x 25". Adams-Clement Collection/Gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement/Smithsonian American Art Museum.      

1Q. Name three visual contrasts that might be used in a painting.

1A. There are several including tonal value, texture, distance, color, size and distinctiveness.

2Q. In the painting, John Adams, why are his eyes so noticeable?

2A. They are the most clearly focused part of the painting.

3Q. For an artist, what's the biggest benefit to using complementary colors (also called contrasting colors) in a painting?

3A. Complementary colors naturally go with one another; they are harmonious.


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