An Artist’s Daily Color Theory

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It is my absolute pleasure to be able to share my perspectives on the intriguing topic of Color Theory.

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You see these beautiful birds here? Wait till I tell you who they are! Indeed they played a big part in my colorful life.

is an important subject for any creative designer or a person leading a group of creatives to live in or in todays world for everyone. It was relevant more to artists when I first published this article but now as I said it is crucial for everyone of us who can differentiate between colors and who are able to see the magnificent rainbows in the sky for its beauty.

To give a brief run-down on Color Theory, Color is the strongest design quotient if one learns to use it effectively. One can use it therapeutically in a visual life’s landscape to either energize or relax, to make a statement or just as an attention-grabber to play on bettering ones moods.

My most enterprising tool in my day-to-day work habits is none other than the “color wheel”. Now isn’t it difficult to believe that the color wheel was first designed by “not an artist” but one of our favorite innovators “Sir Isaac Newton” in 1666 at a tender age of just 24.

Here are the various color wheels for the benefit of understanding its intricacy yet brilliance demonstrated by its creator.









As this post is basically to address inspirations in an artists mind that is everyone, I am only scratching the surface and talking about the most basics of color theory.

Recollecting one of my travel-preparations some years ago, I was outdoors doing my chores when I realized that the household was missing some “chromatic ;o) pets” which went missing the summer before that. I decided to get a few more of them to throw some cool and warm colors to our back yard which was fast approaching a steel-grey winter just before the Christmas season.

These lovely birds threw a nice splash of colors to complement our garden with the “oh so natural color wheel” they carried on them with their adorable singing & swinging displays.

Folks, as I republish this decade-old article of mine let me add some more cool facts of Color theory and the story behind its making. As many of you with help of technology and the power of the internet would have started out on your journey on the side as an artist too. With this pleasant reality let me lead on with my topic here.

It takes me to those days while I sit on my college desk as a mathematics graduate student, diligently doing my calculus problems, not guessing that as an art intern those days, mixing reds and blues to make a violet tinge that had a mathematical theory behind it. My doing Maths as part of my academic education has not gone to a waste after all but has only enhanced the reason to sustain in an artistic profession.

“While the study of Calculus may not have been your thing back in design school, the person who developed Calculus also influenced the color wheel you use today. The color wheel’s roots date back to the mid-1600s when Sir Isaac Newton’s work with white light led him to the discovery of the visible spectrum of light. Newton observed the way each color of light would bend as it passed through the prism. You may have learned the term “ROY G BIV” (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) in elementary school science class. “ROY G BIV” was the result of Newton’s discovery. source:”

For more on color theory do go to the above source to read up while I come back with another episode on this topic. And I promise I will make your reading experience as enjoyable as possible because I want to come back with more visual representations that will keep you more engaged while you learn about a serious subject.

See you again very soon with relevance to this. :o)

Originally published at 29 November, 2011

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