The first book in the Color Relativity series.
Color Relativity focuses on color as a process.
In this book we will look at color in a new way, studying how colors move in relation to each other. We will understand how to see colors and how to work with them.
Colors are lively and attractive and feed our artistic dreams. Let’s learn to use colors in a way that brings them to life. We will learn about how colors move, and relate to each other.
Color can be very expressive, and one of the primary ways that we express ourselves is through language. We are trying to understand the language of color; how colors talk amongst themselves, and how they express themselves to us. We may speak the same language, but we each speak it in our own particular way, and we say different things with it. In this book we will begin our study of the language of color with the fundamental color relationships and movements.
Working with color is attractive and yet challenging. In this book we will develop a flexible and lively understanding of color on a personal level. This will help us become more aware of and sensitive to colors, and to better understand their interactions and uses.
All too often we think of colors in a static way, instead of understanding how dynamic they really are. We have a natural sense of color that can be built on and developed.
Painting, photography, fashion, anywhere you use colors these ideas apply.
The first part of the book will be spent developing our ability to see and understand colors. Developing a personal connection to color will allow us to appreciate and use them in richer ways. Looking at a painting by Vincent van Gogh, appreciating a sunset, designing clothing or a website, all of these activities can be changed with a heightened awareness of color.
In the second part of the book we will apply this knowledge as we build an understanding of fundamental color movements. These color movements can be seen in great art across time, cultures, and mediums. We will see how they can be used to create tension and harmony, and how we can work with them. We will look at examples of these color movements in artwork from around the world and across time, , including a detailed examination of Claude Monet’s painting Grainstack, Sun in the Mist.
Finally, we will discuss how to use these concepts to help develop both our analytical and intuitive abilities. We will also consider how to experiment with colors both for working from what we see, as well as for creating our own colors.
There have been many great researchers into color including:
Rudolf Arnheim, Josef Albers, Johannes Itten, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. As we develop new ways to use and understand color, we are also standing on the shoulders of those who have come before us.