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Sunday, December 4, 2011

In Search of African Violet Colors: Anatomy of a Color Study








I love that purple and gold combination. It makes me think of African Violets, my favorite inside flower.
I know I'm out of season, but all this rain makes me think of this song, and that makes me think of violets. They come in endless colors, all of them gorgeous. So let's go to our color wheel and figure out why.


We have some great complementary action here! The purple and the yellow are zinging off each other, with some analogous purples on the side.  Of course it's irresistible.
Here's how that translates into a quilt. The metallic threads soften the yellow a bit, but they still play against each other. And the sweep of darker and lighter purples to either side makes it a richer combination.
Wrapping it up:
African violets are a great complementary purple/yellow color scheme, enhanced with some analogous purples on the side. If they make your heart happy, see what happens when you put oranges with blues. The color wheel shows us the relationships of these colors. Similar relationships will have similar effects. It's a great way to stretch your palette.


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I have an art patron who loves purple, and I am being persuaded. I am finding myself drawn to things purple....I am now seeing it everywhere!

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