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Tertiary Color Harmonies

Using Tertiary Color Harmonies to Create Beautiful Landscapes

Secrets to achieve tertiary color harmonies

Landscape Painting by Barry John Raybould
Landscape Painting by Barry John Raybould

Much of the pleasure from viewing a painting is derived, to a large extent, from the harmony of the colors used in it. This harmony is basically an orderly relationship of colors, just as a musical harmony is an orderly relationship of notes. This is part of the music of the painting.

The tertiary harmony uses all six tertiary hues. You can think of these six tertiary hues
as a warm and cool version of each of the three secondary hues.

using tertiary color harmonies to create beautiful landscapes
tertiary colors

In a landscape, the warmer yellow orange and red orange colors are usually seen in the
foreground, together with yellow greens in the vegetation. The cooler blue greens are
seen more in the middle distance. The red violet and blue violets are seen in distant hills
and mountains, and in the near shadows.

To learn more

To learn more discoveries about how you can look for different color harmonies to give variety to your paintings, see the Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program.

Using Tertiary Color Harmonies to Create Beautiful Landscapes

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