the artist color wheel is the artist's favorite tool for creating beautiful art
Artists master color using the artist color wheel. Color is wonderful!
Understanding color gives the artist a great advantage in our painting skills. We use the knowledge of color to create beautiful paintings.
Color is a beautiful gift from God that brings joy to our lives.
Imagine if, we went through our lives like in a
black and white movie. I can't and I am so glad for all the colors
The artist color wheel: our tool for creative painting
The Color Wheel
What exactly is the color wheel?
The renowned physicist Isaac Newton
was famous for explaining gravity, but he also devised the
theory of light and color. He
gave us the color wheel back in the
He noticed when light goes through a prism, it is divided into rainbow colors.
The seven rainbow colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple.
Artists have been using the knowledge of the color wheel to improve their paintings ever since.
Today the artist color wheel uses twelve colors. It excludes indigo and uses the other six rainbow colors.
What exactly is color?
Color is the artist's wonderful tool for self-expression.
When light shines on an object, some of the light rays bounce back, off the object. The rays that don't bounce back
are absorbed by the object.
The light rays that bounce up off an
object are its color. We see the rays as the color of the object. For example, a green object bounces green
rays and absorbs the other colors.
Dark objects absorb most of the light
rays. That's why they look dark because almost no rays are bouncing
Color is just plain fun!
The wise artist uses color to express different emotions in their paintings. Warm
colors generally create good feelings and cool colors feel calm and peaceful.
Red is an exception to this generality. Red is considered the romantic love color. That's why men give their ladies red roses. But red may also portray anger or rage.
Orange is an energetic color that implies haste or impulse.
Yellow is a happy, sunshine color. It may also be seen as a warning, like in our caution traffic lights. Also, cowards are called yellow.
Green is associated with the out-of-doors and nature. It certainly has a strong tie to money. Sometimes people may be called green with envy.
Blue is a peaceful, calm color that reminds us of the sky and water. It stimulates trust and loyalty.
Purple or violet has long been associated with royalty and elegance. It may also be used to portray courage.
How artists use colors in our paintings.
the primary colors
The twelve colors of the artist color wheel are based on
yellow, red and blue, the primary colors.
The paint colors closest
to the primaries are:
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Permanent Rose
- Phthalo Blue
All other colors are variations or mixtures of the three primary colors.
Phthalo Blue is a very strong blue. Consequently, it is not recommended for beginning artists.
A primary palette for learning to mix colors would be: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red and Ultramarine Blue.
You can learn how to mix paint colors.
mixing secondary colors
Secondary colors are the result of mixing two primaries together. When we mix yellow and red together, we get orange.
Yellow and blue mixed together make green.
By mixing blue and red we get purple, it may also be called violet.
The secondary colors can have some variation. It depends on exactly which yellow, red or blue were used for the mixing.
For example: We can get different greens by using various blue colors.
Mixing Phthalo Blue and yellow makes bright greens. Ultramarine Blue and yellow create more subdued greens. That's because Ultramarine
contains a little bit of red that tones down the green.
what are tertiary colors?
Intermediate colors are called tertiaries. We get them by mixing a primary color with a secondary color next to it on the artist color wheel.
For example, mixing primary yellow with the secondary color green results in a yellow-green.
Different amounts of yellow or green will give us many variations of the yellow-green.
If we go to the other side of yellow and mix it with the secondary color orange, we get yellow-orange.
The tertiary colors are;
yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet and blue-green.
Learn more about the Color Wheel from Wikipedia