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Color Theory Portrait

Color Theory Portrait (Photo credit: Dyvo)

(Found at this site:)

16 Lessons in Color Theory

# Lesson Name Description
  • Why Color?
  • Putting Color in the Brain
  • Learning About Color
2 A Wheel of Color
  • A Wheel of Color
  • Ugly Corner in a Cityscape
  • Let’s Expand a Bit
  • Moving on to a Pastel World
3 Colors with Pastels
  • Moving to a Pastel World
  • Some Thoughts
4 The History of Color
5 Color Perspective
  • Is color perspective important?
  • Distance affects all colors
  • Weather affects all colors
  • Studying color perspective
  • Exercise in color perspective
  • Color perspective in houses/figures
  • Color perspective in foliage
6 Importance of Value in Color
  • Avoid holes and jumping-out colors
  • Light and Shadow
  • Studying Light and Shadow
  • Color and Perception
  • Optical Illusions
  • Exercises in Optical Illusion
7 The Meanings of Color
  • Effects of After-Images
  • Colors and Memory
  • The Meaning of Colors
  • Symbolic Colors
  • What do Colors Stand For?
8 Psychology of Color
  • Phsycological effects in painting
  • How to Judge your Color Selection
  • Characteristic Color Combinations
  • Color in Photography vs. Painting
  • Colors in Painting vs. Colors in a Room
9 Characteristics of Manufactured Colors
  • Brief Survey of Painting Media
  • Pigments we use
  • Opacity and Transparency
10 Use and Selection of Colors
  • The Colors You Need
  • Can You Work with Just Primary Colors?
  • There are Several Reds, Yellows, Blues
  • Recommended Lists of Colors
    • Colors in oil painting
    • Colors in casein, tempera, gouache
    • Colors in watercolor
    • List of transparent watercolors
    • Colors for polymer painting
    • Colors for pastel painting
11 What Your Colors Will Do
  • Reds
  • Orange
  • Yellows
  • Blues
  • Violet
  • Greens
  • Browns
  • Gray
  • Blacks
  • Whites
12 Impastos and Color Mixing
  • Impastos, Gels, Extenders
  • Mixing Colors
    • Why mix colors?
    • Seeing color differences
    • Actual mixing of colors
    • Exercise in color mixing
    • Making colors darker
    • Using black & white properly
13 Color Effects
  • Color Effects
    • Exercise in color effects
    • Harmony and disharmony in colors
    • Exercise in color harmony
    • What’s a color scheme?
  • Color effects by natural light
    • Variation in sunlight
    • Shadows cast by the sun
    • Painting daylight streaming through a window
    • Painting sunset colors
    • Painting shiny metal effects
    • Paintnig reflections in water
14 Color Effects (part 2)
  • Color effects by Artificial Light
    • Limitations of articifial light
    • Good features of artificial light
    • Should we paint by artificial light?
    • Painting light by showing its effect
    • Painting a cityscape at night
    • The importance of careful observation
    • Exercise in perceiving color by artificial light
    • Painting indoor subjects by artificial light
    • How to achieve brightness
    • Important and exciting shadows
    • Light can be placed in unusual positions
15 Optical Effects in Color and DesignANDExpressing yourself in color
  • Optical Effects in Color and Design
    • Color of glass and water
    • What is Op Art?
    • Importance of Repeat Patterns
    • Optical gadgets and toys
    • Painting motion
  • Expressing yourself in color
    • Is color a medium of self expression?
    • Self expression in art is a new idea
    • Art and psychoanalysis
    • Identify yourself with your art
    • People respond to colors differently
    • Similarities between opposites
    • Testing responses of non-professional painters
    • Expressing hatred and love
    • Expressing sadness and happiness
    • Is self expression in painting honest?
    • Is art a universal language?
16 Conclusion
  • Artistic self-expression in the past
  • Glossary of terms

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The blog that I first got this from is no longer available so I found the source page. Enjoy!


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Such amazing images!


Embroidered art has been everywhere lately but I’ve been most impressed by Singaporean artist Izziyana Suhaimi‘s work. I can’t get over how skillfully she is able to incorporate ornate embroidery techniques with her own pencil drawings and watercolors, pushing the boundaries of traditional and popular culture. Simply beautiful.

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