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FREE Guide to The Color Wheel and Beyond
No matter what you want to paint or who you want to capture in your artwork, you need to know basic color theory to make any painting or drawing look vibrant and feel like it could come alive. All you need to do is break them down and explore them one by one, which is where this art tutorial comes in. From the basics of the color wheel and color mixing to complementary color schemes—this Artists Network eBook gives you the sound knowledge and instruction on the main aspects of color, so that you can paint anything and everything with strong and true hues!
With this free art lesson, you’ll start with a chapter devoted to the color wheel and an introduction to color theory and the basic ideas behind how color works.
An Introduction to Color Theory
In The Color Wheel and Beyond, you will discover what color theory is all about, starting with the building blocks of color theory.
+Discover Primary Art Colors—the building blocks for all other hues—and explore Secondary Art Colors—created from two of the primaries, these colors open up a world of possibilities for a painter
+Learn the Tertiary Art Colors—formed by mixing a primary and secondary color—these are the colors that give your work complexity, but learning how to use them is intuitive and fun
You will also find what hue, value, intensity, and color temperature are and how they figure in to our understanding of art!
Plein Air Painting Techniques
After exploring the depth of color theory and seeing how the wheel works, this free painting lesson goes into actually mixing colors, featuring a colors-mixing guide on complementary color palettes as well as a landscape painter or plein air artist’s approach to color.
Then it is time to take what we’ve learned about how to mix colors and basic color theory into the great outdoors. Painter John Hulsey gives you his advice for plein air painting in the final section of this top art guide.
In it, Hulsey starts with laying out an art colors palette to premixing “mass” hues that you see in your landscape composition to the key aspects of blending and mixing colors.
Working with a Complementary Palette
In this section, you’ll find how working with a complementary color palette can lead to harmonious paintings and the creation of clear, vibrant shades. Artist Joyce Washor shows how an infinite number of art colors can be mixed with the hues in complementary palettes, Learn to paint with a color chart and discover what colors can (and can’t!) be created with a complementary color palette.
Plus! Get great information on what harmonized grays are and why they are so important to any painting.
Expand Your Knowledge
Colors. Mixing. Working the Color Wheel.
See how great artists like Van Gogh, Botticelli, and Whistler used their advanced knowledge of color theory to create interesting and powerful art.
Along with this free paint lesson, you’ll also receive a free membership to our Artists Network community. This membership provides you with access to our thousands of free techniques, art demos, and newsletter.
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