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01 November 2011

The Power of Color

I have recently met someone who inspired me to pursue one of my yet unfulfilled dreams: taking painting classes.

The classes are amazing- I can't believe how lovely the teacher is! She's British and lived all over the world and brought the arts of every nation she visited with her in her atelier. Traveling is so enriching! And all the other students are British (hence hilarious!).

And it feels more like a therapy session than a class!

One thing I learned so far is mixing colors. I work with acrylic paint. Here's a genius thingie called Quiller's Wheel that helps you get exactly the color you're aiming for (details below). In the past we learned to mix white and black to get grey, right? Wrong! That's the worst option! You can mix blue and orange for grey! And certain green and certain orange for yet another shade of grey. Yeah baby! And so on.

Can't wait for my first project. I already have two ideas and unlike other students, I will not imitate a famous painter in my first production. It's going to be my baby. B-)

Photo and text below are from here:

"Color Choices" by Stephen Quiller

One reason that choosing paints in an art store can be frustrating is due to the variety of names for every color. Take yellow for example Hansa Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Deep,Cadmium Lemon, Aureolin Yellow, Indian Yellow, Naples Yellow, and New Gamboge. How are all these yellows alike? How are they different?

The information in "Color Choices" by Stephen Quiller provides a way to understand color relationships. A detailed color wheel in the book called the "Quiller Wheel" provides a comprehensive roadmap for color. This can be of great help in creating harmonious color relationships, and achieving optimum color balance in your paintings.

As you see in the Quiller Wheel above, all the colors of the RAINBOW are positioned around the outside of the color wheel. These pure hue colors are at full intensity. Any two colors that are directly opposite each other are complements.

The colors inside the color wheel are neutralized to some degree by being mixed with each other. When any two complements are mixed together in equal proportions, a neutral color results similar to gray. A term that Stephen Quiller uses for these mixtures is "semi-neutrals". The artist can create an almost endless variety of semi-neutral colors simply by adjusting the ratio of one complementary color to the other. Taking advantage of this variety is much more interesting than using a commercial gray straight from the tube.

Stephen Quiller's book also presents color schemes and approaches as well as guidance in the effective use of dominant and subordinant color.

1 comment:

Raouf said...

That is wonderful, yet one more point in completing the circle.
Notice how you are already drawn to the aspects of universality. Imagine then when this topic interacts with other arts such as photography or dancing. But even more so when it interacts with things that don't seem related to art such as spirituality.

One thing that is wonderful to see is your insistence on creating your own vision.
Bring it on, let your creativity shine. It may surprise even you.
In a sense it is what Alyaa is trying to say to Alyaa.
It is the most important message ever, the flip side is to learn to listen.

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