Over the past several years I’ve been exploring color with a keener eye. Guided by my painting buddy Judith Reeve and he excellent blog Attentive Equations. Over the years I would either work from a preset palette or a spectrum palette. I would build a 'sub-palette' from the resource painting from the sub-palette mixtures. Usually a photograph. I started seeing similar colors reappearing in my sub-palettes. I was seeing some of the colors on Judith palette and asked how she was getting them. It turns out that there is a logic behind color. The more I delve into it the more the simple logic of color is revealed.
These are some books that help reveal color.
The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors and Their Applications to the Arts by M. E.Chevruel. This is where the practical description modern color in the applied art begins. A tough read but essential.
John Sloan on Drawing and Painting. A Dover Book. The Art Spirit by Robert Henri. A Dover Book. Two essential reads of the emmerging views of color from the early 20th century . Sloan begins to layout the his color principles.
A painters palette; a theory of tone relations, an instrument of expression. Denman Ross. Forgotten Books An Introduction to the Language of Drawing and Painting. Volume 1: The Painter’s Terms by Arthur Pope. Harvard University Press A couple of Harvard guys who tried to unify tone and color. Fascinating but can be difficult. The challenge for me is to simplify for presentation.
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. Yale
I’ve added this because it deals with color massing in a fun way. This is how color was taught in art school in the sixties.