Philosophy of Color Workbook
Artist and instructor, Cathy Carey has written a workbook on color, called The Philosophy
of Color. Two years in the making and 40+ years of research, Carey says, "this book
is everything I know about how to use color effectively!" The workbook covers many
aspects of color theory, from mixing colors, to atmospheric perspective, to the history
and expression of color use throughout the ages, as well as techniques on how to
use different painting materials with a special emphasis on using color. The workbook
explains how to personalize art through an expressive use of color.
The book is meant to be a working part of your art library, with exercises after
every chapter, and color charts to fill in, you'll want to keep it close at hand
for reference. The book is housed in a spiral binder so you can work directly in
the book. The CD has all the exercises in color for quick reference.
The first section
covers the foundation of color theory: temperature, complements, value, atmospheric
perspective etc. The information is very clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Carey gives lots of examples to make it easy to remember, not just memorize. Artists
of all levels will understand how to mix and use color more fully after reading this
In the next section Carey covers all media and how to use color in each specific
media: colored pencil, (wax and water soluble), watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic.
She explains how the materials are used for the best effects, gives sample color
palettes, tips on brushes and paper and describes special tricks and techniques.
Section three represents many years of Cathy Carey’s research into all the schools
of art and how they used color, including cave painting, Byzantium, the Renaissance,
Romanticism, Symbolism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Realism
(to name a few of the schools covered) right up to today. This section is designed
to help students find their style and understand what artists in each art period
were "saying" through their art. A fascinating look at the human motivation to create
art, you don't need to be an artist to appreciate museums and galleries more fully
after reading this section. Click on each topic while you are online with the CD
and get more information from the websites listed.
The final two sections cover how artists can make their artwork more personal, by
effectively communicating with color, and using color expressively. "This information
came out of the exercises I designed for students who were preparing artistic statements
about their art to submit to art schools as part of their portfolio reviews", says
Carey. "The exercises gave them a way to express what their were trying to say in
their paintings and develop a highly personal style. I think it is important for
an artist to know what they are trying to communicate through their art, and color
is a very effective way to express emotion in art."
The cost of the 80+ page workbook/CD is $30.00. Call to order.