Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Paperback | January 1, 2013

byPatti Mollica

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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.

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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 su...

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In this essential guide, accomplished artist Patti Mollica walks you through the most important aspects of color theory as they relate to oil and acrylic painting. From pigment characteristics and color mixing to color psychology, you’ll find all the information you need to make dynamic, harmonious, and meaningful color choices in your...

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 painterÆs 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 facil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.25 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Walter Foster PublishingLanguage:English

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
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