Colour Theory

I am going to make this the first in a series of posts on colour theory that I will do over the next few months. I trust that over the course of these articles, you will gain a deeper understanding of why you are ending up with the mixing results that you are getting, and how to get closer to the colour you are aiming for. The first place to start is really with your tubes of paint. I have an exercise for you. I want you to get out every tube of paint or stick of colour that you have and make a chart of them all.  Keep all the colours together in their hue or colour family ie – red – see chart below.

Colour theory - The Reds

The Reds

This does two things for you.  Firstly it lets you see at a glance all the different colours you have, which makes matching and choosing colours easier. Secondly you can compare your different reds etc to see what their colour bias is (more on that later).

This weeks Question: Have you  got your paints out yet and made those charts?

Next Thursday’s Post: The Dance of Life

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Theory Part Two

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Colour Workshops

Many things can be learnt from colour workshops.   The weekend before last, this is what we did.  A solid day, six hours of colour theory and practice.  By taking time out to devote to an intense day of colour mixing, you can in the course of a day, get enough of a grasp on the colour principles to become fairly confident about what you are doing.  If you are struggling with colour, then I would strongly recommend you find someone doing a workshop near you and sign up.

Colour theory - Color mixing workshop

Color workshops

Colour theory is something that many aspiring artists spend hours being confused, irritated and despairing over.  Have you ever spent time trying to mix a particular colour only to end up with a mess of mud, over and over.  Well you are not alone there and I suspect that much of the problem lies with looking at the wrong books, poor teaching, watching misleading U Tube videos and mis-labelled paint tubes. Beginning next week, I am going to be starting a series of posts on the basics of colour theory. Below are some more images from the workshop……

Colour workshops

  including some of the colour charts the students did……..

Colour Workshops - Grey scale

Grey and One Colour scales

And mixing colour tints by adding white to a colour….

Mixing tints

Mixing tints

This weeks Question: Is your Colour Theory up to scratch?

Next Thursday’s Post: The Hinchenbrook Passage

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Theory Part One

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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