Creating Movement Through Color

Painting: Song of the Nightingale by Hans Hoffman 1964, Oil on canvas 84 x 72 inches

Painting: Song of the Nightingale
by Hans Hoffman
1964, Oil on canvas
84 x 72 inches

Class notes on Color, SAIC, 1992

Strive for awareness of movement from:

  • warm to cool
  • bright to dull
  • repetition to change
  • quiet to noisy

Know that you are:

  • warming or cooling it or dulling it
  • giving it more bite or less harshness
  • creating a more precise opposition to a color already on the canvas.

Three colors are sufficient to mix.
Avoid mud and brashness (color that go nowhere).

Hue:

  • qualities that affect our perception of a patch of color:
  • brightness
  • coolness
  • resonance
  • tactility
  • directness
  • contextual functions, like variations, shift, and climax.

 

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