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This book needs more than 5 stars
on February 4, 2011
This is the best book I have even read about Introduction to Color Theory. I've outlined it, underlined it, I keep a copy in my book bag, I keep a copy in my locker, and I've printed a few pages and put them in zip locks just so I can use them while I'm Painting.
This book is Simple. This book is thorough. It's loaded with visual examples. It packs in a lot of information, everything you need to know to get started, but it doesn't have a bit of extraneous text. It starts with a very brief overview of optics, light and refraction. This section is very brief but also very well written and it's fundamental knowledge to anyone who wants to know how paint actually coordinates with the eye.
Value, Hue and Intensity are next. Then comes one of he best descriptions of the Color Wheel that I have ever read. You Learn about analogous colors, complimentary colors and monochromatic colors. The sections on mixing grays and browns are spot on, A+, they couldn't be done any better. The same for color mixing and color blending, using just a little bit of one or two colors in all the colors of the painting to create harmony.
I don't think one could write a better introduction to Color Theory.