After just finishing my workshop "The Art of Color: Choosing Colors That Work Together," I wanted to do a painting with a particular color scheme. For this Autumn Bouquet, I decided to use a dual color scheme, also known as a tetradic color scheme. The colors for this scheme form a rectangle on the color wheel. In this painting, I used red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, and blue-green. With these four colors I chose not to let one dominate but rather create equal tension between all the colors. This works particularly well for floral arrangements because of all the rich colors. One excellent way to create harmonious paintings is through the use of different color schemes. Reading about color schemes is not enough - you must practice, practice, practice. Please consider my upcoming class at the Art Students League of Denver titled "The Power of Color for the Watercolorist." The class is Tuesdays from 6 -9:30 pm starting October, 29th through December, 17th. To sign up go to or call 303-778-6990. Happy Painting! Dennis Pendleton

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