This is the first in a series of 3 posts that I have put together on color theory. These posts will be coming out on Fridays. I am calling the series School of Color.
There are 12 basic colors on the RYB (or artists) color wheel. These can be broken down into 3 groups.
There are 3 Primary colors, red, yellow, & blue. In art, these pigment colors can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. They are the building blocks that create all other colors.
There are also 3 Secondary colors. These are orange, green, & violet. The secondary colors are created when two of the primary colors mixed together.
The Tertiary colors are created when one primary color is mixed with one secondary color. There are 6 tertiary colors. They include red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, & red-violet.
The color wheel can be divided into warm & cool colors.
These colors seem to envelope you, causing spaces to feel small & cozy. They create an active response in the brain which creates feelings of excitement, & passion. When temperatures begin to drop outdoors, I find myself being drawn to the warm colors of Autumn.
The cool colors include green, blue, & violet with all of their various hues included.
These colors are calming, & soothing. They can make a space feel large, & open. They create a passive response in the brain that causes a person to feel calm & relaxed.
I find myself being drawn to the cool colors when it is hot outside & I want to feel cooler. I think of the greens of summer, when plant life is thriving, & blue in the winter when every thing is calm, quiet, & cold.
Black, white & gray are considered neutral colors.
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