Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors

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Penguin, 2004 - Art - 206 pages
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Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards's bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations.

Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to:

  • see what is really there rather than what you "know" in your mind about colored objects
  • perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another
  • manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites
  • balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting
  • understand the psychology of color
  • harmonize color in your surroundings

    While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color's complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.
 

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User Review  - jmorreau - LibraryThing

A follow up to Edwards ' must -read book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Edwards continues her theme of first draw, then learn color, and finally, paint. In her previous book Edwards details ... Read full review

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This book is a definite mustread for any artists who use paintbrushes and paint! She gives historical musings on color and the nature of color and how we perceive color that is invaluable for artists ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
6
Chapter
12
14 Understanding and Applying Color Theory
15
2O Learning the Vocabulary of Color
21
63
35
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48
Hue Value and Intensity
96
Chapter Io ii 2 Seeing the Effects of Light Color Constancy and Simultaneous contrast
112
colors in Nature Differ from Colors of HumanMade objects
139
Exercise 12 Painting a Floral still Life
140
I55 Nature as a Teacher of Color
155
I56 The Meaning and Symbolism of Colors 157 Attaching Names to Colors
157
Using Colors to Express Meaning
158
Exercise 13 The color of Human Emotions
161
Your Preferred colors and what They Mean
168
Knowing Your Color Preferences and Your Color Expressions
171

Seeing How Light Affects the colors of ThreeDimensional Shapes
113
II5 why It is Difficult to see the Effects of Light
115
II6 How to Accurately Perceive Colors Affected by Light 116 Three Different Methods of Scanning a
116
Estimating the Intensity Level
118
II9 The ThreePart Process of Painting
119
Exercise 11 Painting a Still Life
121
I34 Seeing the Beauty of Color in Nature 135 Color Harmony in Flowers
135
Floral Painting in
136
The symbolic Meanings of colors
172
Practicing Your Understanding of the Meaning of Color
188
Using Your color Knowledge
190
Glossary
193
Bibliography
197
Index
199
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Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.

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