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Color Theory

An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Color Theory An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications
Format: Paperback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9781600583025
Illustrations: 150
Size: 6.5 x 9.5
Published: Jan. 1, 2013
Price: $9.95
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Color Theory features everything an artist might need to know about color, including color psychology, pigment characteristics and terms, color schemes, color mixing, shadows, highlights, and much more. Regardless of your medium, a solid understanding of color and its applications is essential. With a fresh, contemporary take on the subject of color, this essential guide features step-by-step projects and practical tips and techniques to put color knowledge to effective use.

Patti Mollica lives and works with her fellow-artist and jazz musician husband, Mark Hagan, in New York City and Nyack. An impressionistic and contemporary painter, she believes that a painterĘs job is to show the viewer the inherent beauty of all subjects and scenes. She has been selected by Golden Paints to conduct lectures and facilitate workshops demonstrating "Creative Techniques Using Golden Paints and Mediums." PattiĘs work can be seen at www.mollicastudio.com and www.newyorkpainter.blogspot.com.
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Getting Started
Section 1: The History of Color
 Color & Art History
 What is Color?
Section 2: Color Basics
 The Color Wheel
 Hue, Saturation & Value
 Color & Value
 Color Temperature
 Color Relativity
 Color Schemes
Section 3: Pigments & Paints
 Mineral vs. Modern Pigments
 Pigment Properties
 Color Mixing
Section 4: Communicating with Color
 Painting Light & Shadow
 Color & Mood
 Color & Painting Styles
 Color & Composition
Section 5: Color in Action
 Personal Approaches to Color
Closing Words
Now that we know a little about the science behind color, how do we use our knowledge of light and color to organize a visual system that we can use to achieve our artistic goals? Fortunately, much of this organization has been done for us. The easiest way to view color relationships is through a circular diagram called the “color wheel”—a visual organization of color hues that follow a logical order around a circle. Seeing the colors organized in this fashion is helpful for color mixing and choosing color schemes. Many accomplished colorists throughout history, such as Wilhelm Ostwald, Dr. Herbert Ives, Sir Isaac Newton, and Albert H. Munsell, developed their own variations of color charting, but the 12-hue wheel pictured here is the most common model used by artists today.