Saturday, October 1, 2011

Color Wheel Coordination

Amazon.com has listed at least 16 various Color Wheels to buy. They are all basically the same useful tool. The terms below will help all interested in finding their way around the clock-face of the wheel.

  • ACHROMATIC=A colorless scheme using blacks, whites and grays.
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  • ANALOGOUS=Combining 3 colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, i.e. red-violet, red, and red-orange.
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  • COMPLEMENTARY=Combining a shade, tint, or tone of one color and the color opposite on the wheel.
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  • MONOCHROMATIC=Using any shade, tint, or tone of one color.
TRIAD=Combining 3 colors that are equally spaced from each other on the color wheel. 

*The PRIMARY COLORS are red, blue and yellow. Note that red-orange, blue-green, yellow-orange, for example, always have the primary's name first, then a hyphen followed by the secondary color.

Color Wheel

twelve color wheelA color wheel (also referred to as a color circle) is a visual representation of colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship.


In October, leaves transform from green to red or yellow, all brought about by lessening light rays. These are the days when light becomes the color of old gold, enjoy the treasure of this season.

Many major artists have October birthdays. If one corresponds to your birthday, research "your" artist. Click on the artists names on the calendar to read more about them. Pierre Bonnard is known as a "painters' painter" because of his free use of color; he remains one of my favorites. Let me know who is your favorite.

October 
West   Benjamin West
October 10, 1738
3 Pierre Bonnard, 1867
4 Jean-Fran├žois Millet, 1814
4 Frederic Remington, 1861
5 Maya Lin, 1959
8 Faith Ringgold, 1930
8 Beverly Buchanan, 1940
9 Frank Duveneck, 1848
10 Benjamin West, 1738
10 Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1684
10 Alberto Giacometti, 1901
12 Richard Meier, 1934
14 Alesso Baldovinetti, 1427
16 Paul Strand, 1890
19 Umberto Boccioni, 1882
20 Jacqueline Winsor, 1941
21 Katsushika Hokusai, 1760
22 Robert Rauschenberg, 1925
25 Pablo Picasso, 1881
27 Lee Krasner, 1908
27 Roy Lichtenstein, 1923
28 Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, 1697
28 Francis Bacon, 1909
29 Niki de Saint Phalle, 1930
30 Angelica Kauffmann, 1741
31 Jan Vermeer, 1632




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