Making Color Sing

Making Color Sing

Book - 2011
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In the 25th anniversary edition of Making Color Sing, Jeanne Dobie teaches you new ways to think about color and make it work for you, through 31 clear, easy-to-follow exercises. No color exists in isolation; colors are always interacting with one another. As this nationally recognized author explains, understanding color relationships is the key to successful painting.

Do you know how to use the push and pull of warm and cool colors to create a feeling of space? Can you generate exciting vibrations through the interplay of complements? Have you ever considered disguising one color in a scene to accent another color? All these possibilities—and more—are discussed and clarified with illustrations.

The lessons on color lead into another essential painting consideration: composition and design. Painting is much more than copying what you see. It involves finding a structure that allows you to organize and thus communicate your impressions and reactions. Dobie encourages artists to experiment with different arrangements of shapes and values to build a dynamic foundation in their paintings. This manual stimulates new ways to think about colour, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allow artists to express themselves with paint.

Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill, [2011], c1986
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780823031153
Branch Call Number: 751.422 DOB
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm


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Jun 13, 2018

I too, gave this a 5 star. A careful reading and actual testing of the ideas in this book brought my understanding of layering watercolor to a refreshing new level. And I have only had the book one week! It will take considerably longer to absorb the full content. I am currently reading a chapter on bridging areas of dark and light which tells us how to connect these areas naturally without losing their respective values. While I haven't tested this idea, I understand it and see immediately how this kind of refinement has the potential to 'Make Colors Sing'.

cuppa_tea Dec 26, 2017

I learned so much from this book. Maybe the later edition is printed more muddily or the previous reviewer likes hyper saturated colours, but this book brought my understanding of colour mixing to a far higher standard than three years at art school gave me.

I've taught colour mixing in art classes and recommended this book many times. Try the exercises in colour mixing with real quality watercolour paint and you will be a convert!

Dec 25, 2017

The title is a joke, surely. The book contains the most insipid paintings imaginable. Yes, here is a faint golden glow here and there, but a glow is not singing colour. For the misleading title, disappointment and wasting my time, I have given it one star.

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