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The Language of Colour

Good Morning,

Welcome to this week's blog which is about mixing colours and the terms used which can be confusing.

All is good and ticking along wonderfully here at the gallery/ studio. Workshops, watercolour & cream tea experiences & preparations for an upcoming exhibition & studio open day are keeping Murphy & me very busy.

Murphy is taking it all in his stride.

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Have a great week.

Amina x

The Language of Colour

Colour is essentially an abstract concept, many artists find it a difficult & bewildering area.

'There are hidden harmonies or contrasts in colours which involuntarily combine to work together...'  Vincent Van Gogh ( 1835- 90.

The Colour Wheel

One of the most important 'tools' for the artist is the colour wheel.

This is a simplified version of the spectrum bent into a circle.It is an arrangement of the primary colours ( red, yellow & blue) & the secondary colours ( orange, green & violet), from which all others- including the greys, browns & neutral colours - are mixed.

Primary Colours

The primary colours are equidistant on the colour wheel. A primary colour is one that cannot be made by the mixing of any of the colours. In theory, the primary colours can be mixed in varying proportions to produce every other colour known, in practice, things are not that simple.

Secondary Colours

A secondary colour is obtained by mixing equal quantities of any two primary colours. Blue & yellow make green, red & yellow make orange, red & blue make violet.


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