Vision and color are at the heart of painting. Here is the most comprehensive discussion for artists of color perception, color psychology, "color theory" and color mixing available online, and one of the most comprehensive available anywhere in any format.

modern color theory (concepts)
talking about color • misconceptions in tradtional color theory • additive & subtractive color mixing • visual color relationships

modern color theory (applications)
material color relationships • talking about paints • many painters' palettes • principles of color contrast • color symbolism • summary

learning color through paints
three guiding principles • 27 color study topics

tonal value
the dominance of value • the value scale • hue, lightness and saturation • the artist's value wheel • grayscales & gamut mapping • painting values.

the artist's value wheel (HTML • PDF)

color temperature
warm vs. cool colors • warm/cool contrast effects • the origin of warm/cool • the warm/cool contrast in paints • unsaturated color zones • painting warm or cool

color wheels
creating a color wheel • "primary" color wheel • secondary color wheel • tertiary color wheel • more is less? a gamut comparison • color names

mixing with a color wheel
saturation costs • the color wheel fallacy • basic mixing method • split "primary" palette (dogma & critique) • unequal color spacing

basic mixing method

an artist's color wheel
visual vs. mixing complements • the artist's color wheel • tour of the color wheel • why the difference? • making your own color wheel

handprint color wheel — CIECAM version (HTML • PDF)

watercolor mixing complements

color harmony & color design
basic issues in color design • traditional hue harmonies • seven theories of color harmony • concepts in natural color harmony • principles of natural color harmony • design guidance • ruskin's last word

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color theory

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