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November 27, 2010

Three Primaries

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 2:25 pm

This Color Theory exercise started with three primary colors from acrylic paint tubes. From the primaries, we mixed secondary colors. The primaries and secondaries are in the fourth row from the top right corner of the grid painting. A shade is produced by adding black or the hue’s complement, while a tint is created with the addition of white. The fifth row from the top right corner includes tints of the primary and secondary hues. The next row adds the complement to the original six hues, creating shades of color. It was fun for me to paint a color grid with just four tubes of paint: Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, and White.

We also had a class exercise of creating complementary progressions—trying to fade from one end of the bar to the other with even tonal shades between the complementary hues. The violet to yellow progression was my most successful. I’m definitely not Josef Albers!

As a side note—this is one of my favorite quotes from Josef Albers: “To distribute material possessions is to divide them; to distribute spiritual possessions is to multiply them.”

Three Hues and White

Complementary Progressions

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