Art and Color Theory: Tips for Artists and the Meaning of Colors



There are lots of color schemes that artists can use in their paintings: complimentary, triadic, split-complimentary, monochromatic, and of course, analogous. . . read more
When I first started painting, I bought many tubes of paint and relied heavily on “convenience” mixes in lieu of mixing my own colors. I felt that color theory was not only boring but over-rated. I could not have been more wrong!. . . read more
Have you ever noticed how art magazines, art blogs, art classes and instructional books often call bright greens “garish”? Many will suggest avoiding green paint straight from the tube, and instead will tell you to mix your own greens from blue and yellow paint for a better effect.. . . read more
Today's list of resources will help anyone interested in learning about color theory (or the use of color in art) at a college level. It’s also the fourth post in my series on getting an art education for free.. . . read more
Learn about the color white. What white means to us emotionally and culturally; types of white pigments and white oil paints (Titanium, Zinc), where white sits on the color wheel, and even some famous white paintings.. . . read more
Learn about the color brown. What browns mean to us psychologically and why, how to mix brown oil paint, where brown sits on the color wheel, and even a famous brown painting by Braque.. . . read more
Read about the color pink. What pinks mean to us mentally and emotionally; how to mix pink oil paint (mixing red and white), where pink sits on the color wheel, and even some famous pink paintings.. . . read more
The color black: pigments, paintings, oil paint - and psychological meaning? Black is a bold, powerful color with a true "dark" side. Death, depression, and fear; timelessness and mystery, all are part of the color black.. . . read more
Read about the color orange. What oranges mean to us mentally and emotionally; types of orange pigments and oil paints (cadmium, or mixing red and yellow), where orange sits on the color wheel, and even some famous orange paintings.. . . read more
Learn about the color purple. What purple mean to us socially and mentally; types of purplish pigments and purple oil paints (dioxazine, quinacridone, ultramarine), where purple sits on the color wheel, and even some famous purple paintings.. . . read more
Explore the color yellow. What yellows mean to us emotionally and culturally; types of yellow pigments and oil paints (cadmium, hansa, ochre), where yellow sits on the color wheel, and even some famous yellow paintings.. . . read more
Learn about the color blue. What blues mean to us psychologically and culturally;types of blue pigments and oil paints (ultramarine, phthalo, cobalt), where blue sits on the color wheel, and even some famous blue paintings.. . . read more
Read about the color red. What reds mean to us socially and psychologically; types of reddish pigments and red oil paints (cadmium, alizarin, napthol), where red sits on the color wheel, and even some famous red paintings.. . . read more
Find out about the color green. What greens mean to us culturally and psychologically; types of greenish pigments and green oil paints (viridian, permanent, pthalo), where green sits on the color wheel, and even some famous green paintings.. . . read more



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