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Many artists focus heavily on color combinations early in their careers. However, an important aspect of color theory is contrast -- or using the difference between colors for a heightened effect. Color can contrast in hue, value, and saturation. For example, contrast of hue is what relates most directly to color wheel combinations. The further away two colors are from each other, the higher the contrast. A special case of contrast of hue is the contrast between warm and cold colors. Contrast of value is the range of lightness versus darkness of certain colors. Occasionally, in oil painting, artists will paint entirely in shades of grey. This is the oil equivalent of a tonal drawing. A strong tonal drawing almost always leads to a strong painting. Artists such as Degas understood the effectiveness of color contrast. Wyland explores contrasting shades to create a vivid painting of a mermaid.

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