Color Basics

There’s More To Color Than It’s Name

This quick tutorial introduces the Four Characteristics of Color.  Each can be mixed and manipulated for effect in your paintings.  The first step is in knowing what they are.

Color and Its Characteristics

The simple word “color” hides a complex nature that involves four different aspects. Used effectively, these aspects or Characteristics will support and reinforce the ideas of light, shade, shadow, mood, time of day, time of year, and quality of light in your paintings.

The Four Characteristics of Color are : Hue, Value, Chroma, and Temperature.  This lesson introduces them and provides a simple explanation of each.

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