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2000 Gloria Foss

Fig. 15-1 The Complementary Color Wheel.  Ring #1 contains the standard spectrum colors, and Ring #2 contains their tints.  However, the dark shades in Ring # 3 are found through mixing complementary colors across the color wheel, rather than adding black to darken  the spectrum colors.  In Ring #4, the shades are lifted with white so all are the same value.  These "lifted compliments" are a necessary part of good color in representational painting, especially in regard to distant subjects.

Fig. 17-8A  INCORRECT: when we change values abruptly without any thought for the light source or a larger abstract value pattern, the result is a spotty painting like this.
Fig. 17-8B Burst of Foam. Oil on canvas 6x8" (15.20cm). Private collection. CORRECT: By linking the light values together in the foaming water and the beach, and also tying together  the darks in the rocks, I simplified the value design.  Both flow from lower left to upper right.