How to create Color Harmony in
Some combinations of hues look naturally
harmonious to the eye, while others jar and irritate. However, there's
no special alchemy in combining colors, and if you follow a few simple
rules, it's easy to create harmonious landscape images. Nature gives
you a lead, in any case: what could be more soothing than the russets,
reds and browns of autumn foliage or the succession of blues created by
distant mountains or hills?
Harmonious colors generally fall into one
of two categories: close primary colors; and earth colors. With bright
colors, you can choose harmonious combinations by thinking of the
rainbow. Any two hues that are adjacent or close together in the
rainbow will look good together in a picture.
Earth colors - those hues muted by the
addition of black - make for even easier combinations. Almost all earth
colors go well together, so if you restrict your palette to the many
different warm browns, golds and dark yellows you can't go far wrong.