The color experience -- Color as visual idea -- Color theory: what the practicing artist needs to know -- Albers and his legacy -- Structural color: building an image with color blocks -- Figure / ground relationships: making space work for you -- Basic color harmonies: striking the right chord -- Color as gesture -- Color and light -- Expressionism -- Advanced color games: transition and counterpoint.
The joy of color expressed by world-class artists is interpreted as practical advice for professional and student painters. This book explores the ways color is used in art through the work of brilliant 20th-century painters Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, and others. Color theory and history are integrated with how-tos on applying color structurally, spatially, gesturally, and symbolically.
Explains how to make use of colour in oil, acrylic and watercolour painting. Colour theories are outlined, but the main emphasis is on the way contemporary artists actually use colour. The book's thesis is that once artists have become acquainted with fundamental colour principles, they can begin to have fun with colour and play with it spontaneously. A number of approaches to colour are set forth as a guide, including building a picture with colour blocks, enriching colour with shadows, heightening colour intensity, achieving freshness with broken colour, painting with sunlight, experimenting with abstract colour systems, fantasizing with colour and creating space with colour. Each of the sections of this book are illustrated by the work of artists of historical importance as well as by the work of contemporary artists. There are also a number of development studies of the author's own work. Each section closes with a group of suggested exercises.