Color affects the way we feel, how we behave, and the way in which we react to certain circumstances. Color theory is an exciting science that perpetually changes.
A color wheel is a collection of colors that are arranged in accordance with their chromatic relationship. The color wheel is also called a color circle, and consists of primary, secondary and tertiary colors.
Visual color perception is influenced by different color sensitivities
from person to person (mood, age, etc.), varying environments,
such as lightness and color, can make it difficult to communicate
and document color and color differences.
Swiss painter and teacher Johannes Itten was a pivotal member of the Bauhaus, Germany’s most influential art and design school. From 1919 to 1923, Itten was the main painter at the institution and taught a required introductory course that focused on form and color. The theories developed and taught in this class are still practiced by artists today and are very useful for beginning artists as they learn to create rich, realistic, and dynamic colors.
If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs. Choices regarding color often seem rather mystical, as many seem to base decisions on nothing other than “it looks right.” Although often told I had an eye for color, the reason why some colors worked together while others did not always intrigued me and I found the study of color theory fascinating.
Learn to use The Color Wheel as a tool to help achieve color harmony in your paintings and discover how it serves to simplify color mixing.