A clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing for the artist using oil paints. It begins with simple colour theory and a colour wheel, with a template provided so that readers can paint their own; a vital step towards understanding colour. There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor Newton colours. A beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours.
Julie Collins studied Fine Art at the University of Reading and has been an artist, writer and teacher since then. She has written colour mixing and artist's problem solving books and writes for The Artist magazine. She works from her studio in Farnham, Surrey, where she explores her passion for painting, drawing and crafts.
Introduction 4 Materials 6 Colours used in this book 8 Colour 10 Colour wheel 10 Primary colours 12 Secondary colours 14 Tertiary colours 15 Complementary colours 16 Warm and cool colors 18 Colour tone 20 Using a limited palette 22 Dull and bright colours 26 Local colour 27 Colour mixes 28 Yellows and oranges 28 Reds and pinks 32 Violets and blues 36 Greens 40 Browns 44 Blacks and greys 46 Glossary 48