Color Theory and Design {Spring 2016}

The goal of this course is to understand and use color as part of the artistic process.  How colors are combined, how they are used (saturation, temperature, hue) are critical to the overall appearance of a work.

I’m a big fan of color, and like my Mimi, I think I’m pretty good at pairing colors in a way that is harmonious and attractive.  Nevertheless, I don’t always follow the rules and I’m struggling with the terms.  Vocabulary jargon? Not my forte.

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Above are “color combination studies.” I like the images, but they definitely don’t perform well when in grayscale. Some of them were supposed to be at the same levels so the entire field appeared one tone grey when color was removed.

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Camouflage studies  – – wherein I take a photo from some random source – and forget to give credit –  chop the photo up, and paint around it in the hopes that my paint will meld with the colors of the original image.  Save that horrid green square (!), each came out pretty nice.

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The goal of these two digital pieces? … Well, let’s just say that I’m thankful for in-lecture examples.  I’m supposed to be showing the changes of color when in close proximity to other colors.  The amount of a color used also affects the dominance of said color (or lackthereof).  In the elephant watering hole piece, the herd is demonstrating the Bezold effect, wherein one color swapped out can alter the whole perception of the design.

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