CHAPTER 1: Color Basics & Painting Concepts

To have a meaningful discussion about color, we must be familiar with its scientific origins and the vocabulary used to describe its characteristics. Then we can build on this knowledge to discuss color as it is used in art to craft a message—from directing the viewer’s eye to hinting at a particular mood and accurately suggesting a sense of time and place. This broad chapter covers the following topics:

• What Is Color?

• Color Terms & Properties

• Color, Light & Shadow

• Color Relativity

• Color Psychology

• Color & Mood

• Color Schemes

• Color & Composition

• Infusing Color



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