Tag: Color Theory

Butterfly Vision

The Color Wheel for Butterflies We often wonder what it is like for our studio dogs to miss out on seeing all of the colors that we are able to see. Our third cone allows us to see not only the red in the rainbow, but also every other glorious combination of scarlet, rose, pink,…

Southern (Tunisian) Gardens Paul Klee 1919

The Secret Life of Color

“Colour possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour. Colour and I are one. I am a painter.” – Paul Klee, Tunisia Isaac Newton changed forever our understanding of light and color when he split a ray of white…

Impression III (Concert), 1911, Wassily Kandinsky

The Color of Sound

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  – Pablo Picasso Synesthesia is the rare neurological condition in which senses are entwined—it comes in a myriad of forms—smells can evoke sounds, music can evoke color, letters or shapes can evoke smell. It is explained as a phenomenon…

Still life with Saucepan by Pierre Bonnard, oil painting.

Bounce Light

  “Speaking, when you have something to say, is like looking. But who looks? If people could see properly, and see whole, they would all be painters. And it’s because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.” – Pierre Bonnard When we teach classes indoors, we often set up a…

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All about Paint Color Mixing: Chart the Wheel & Read the Mixing Guide

Understanding the Color Wheel Mastering color in painting is often a matter of combining a willingness to experiment with mixing colors as well as understanding the color wheel and color theory. Most artists develop their own color mixing chart—or several—and work on recognizing color relationships (primary, secondary, tertiary; complementary colors; warm vs. cool colors) and…

Is White Really a Color?

The Color Theory of White There are differing opinions among color theory purists whether white should be considered a color at all, since it represents the absence of hue or chroma, and cannot be made from the three primaries, as black theoretically can be. It’s not usually represented on the color wheel, but white is…