Saturday, January 26, 2013

Color is Everything: Artful Reading for January



Orange You a Pretty Peacock?
 
my split complementary color scheme mixed media collage

Artful Reader Club~Art Challenge

representing book number one for the year:

Color is Everything:
Master the Use of Color in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors
by Dan Bartges
Color fascinates me.  Always has. It’s the artist in me. Color is always trying to tell me something.  I instinctively know when color is harmonious or when color clashes.  It’s my right brain that knows--my creative side. 
 Color Is Everything: Master the Use of Color in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors
  
This book was on the ‘new books’ shelf at the public library. The image of the color wheel on the book cover hooked me. I know there is more to understand about color choice than just what color is telling me.  I want to know the exact method artists use with the color wheel.  A color wheel doesn't come with the book, but the book illustrates the use of a two-sided color wheel.

Teaching how to paint better pictures is the objective of this book, with an understanding of color schemes that work. No more guesswork.  By practicing the fundamentals of color it will become second nature to you, like learning a sport.
The book's opening is an explanation of colors and the creation of a color wheel where the colors are organized according to how they complement each other. This is followed by a description and demonstration of the six color schemes:
* Monochromatic (the simplest because it consists of just one hue)

* Analogous (consists of at least two and a maximum of five consecutive colors on the color wheel)

* Complementary (employs a pair of colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel  such as red and green; an intrinsic power of opposites)
 

* Split complementary (uses three colors that are almost directly opposite one another)
* Triadic: (uses three colors spaced apart on the color wheel in a triangular configuration; green, orange and violet)
 
* Tetrad: (employs four colors which are always two pairs of complements)


The next chapter is devoted to exercises in recognizing color schemes. A painting is presented and the reader is asked to identify which color scheme and colors were used in the creation. Last is a series of photos where the reader determines what color scheme would best capture the image.

~Cheryl Gee is participating in the Artful Readers Club.  Next month she will review the book The Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide and she will create an accompanying work of art. It will be amazing.

This colorful artful reading blog post is also seen at The Serenity Now Weekend Bloggy Link Up.  Check it out!

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