Going for it with Color



Figure 6.1 Brother Ray, 2005, 40 inches × 40 inches. A portrait of the legendary musician Ray Charles that is bursting with color.

“The notes are right underneath your fingers, and all you gotta do is take time out to find the right note. That’s what life is, we all got notes underneath our fingers and we gotta take time to find the right notes, to come up with our own music.”

This advice, that the late great musical legend Ray Charles (Figure 6.1) gave Jamie Foxx in preparing for the film “Ray”, applies equally to colors as to musical notes.

The exercises in this chapter will help you make confident, bold color ...

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