Project Colour relationships

Exercise: Colour relationships

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #1136 2004 (National Galleries of Scotland and Tate)

This exercise is divided into two parts.The first is to produce 3 photographs with a combination of primary and secondary colours, adjusting the distance, focal length or framing so that the picture is composed to the proportions listed below:

  • Red: Green                         1:1
  • Orange: Blue                       1:2
  • Yellow: Violet                       1:3

Red: Green (1:1)

Cropped from Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #1136 2004

When I saw this artists wall drawing at the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh I thought it was perfect for this exercise. I severely cropped the image to the proportions required and in this instance took the photo with my iPhone rather than my normal Nikon SLR.

Orange: Blue (1:2)

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I was fortunate to spend a night in the Sahara desert on a holiday to Morocco recently. I found this natural orange : blue ratio was well represented by the  intense colour of the sand in this part of the world. Perhaps the blue is not such a true blue but al least it was as nature required.

Yellow: Violet (1:3)

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I found this ratio of colours the hardest to find and this is the nearest I came when I saw these jars of powders in a Moroccan pharmacy.

The second part requires 3-4 images featuring colour combinations that appeal to me. They can be two or more colour combinations with the objective to show that there is no single “correctness” to complementary colours.

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The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the world’s 2nd largest mosque and the similar green and blue colours displayed against the pale blue sky compliment each other well.

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These bright complimentary reds and orange in the basket of olives in the Casablanca Medina display the classic primary colour combination.

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I like these subtle colour combinations in the basket displayed at a pharmacy. The brighter but subdues reds/orange are contrasted well against the free/blues of the stones.

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The Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah at Ouarzazate in Morocco has dramatic walls of red earth and stands out against the blue sky with the accent of the green palm.

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I liked the subtlety of the pale green against the orange red walls of this building in Marrakech in Morocco.

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