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Color Theory (Watson-Guptill Artists Library)

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0823007554
ISBN-10: 0823007553
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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Product Details

  • Series: Watson-Guptill Artists Library
  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823007553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823007554
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura E. Powell on June 9, 2000
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An excellent resource for all wishing a better understanding of the nature of and relationship of colors. Parramon provides basic knowledge of how light breaks down into colors, in layman's terms, and then applies same to pigments. He then expands into contrasts, harmony, use and mis-use of black and white, a comprehensive discussion of artist colors, painting shadows and so on. Each topic is well addressed and supported visually.
Again, an excellent book which I'm delighted to have in my library, albeit covered with pastel and watercolor fingerprints.
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I paint landscapes in oil for a hobby. The other day, while cleaning all my paint tubes, and while looking at the names of the colors, I began thinking about them. I then found I had José's wonderful book on my shelf for several years, still unread. I picked it up, and found I literally could not put it down. For an artist, this book reads like a "thriller!"
One of the things I liked best about the book is that it is not necessary to read it in order, from beginning to end. I turned first to the section on shadows, as shadows are an area I am currently having problems with. José explains EVERYTHING SO WELL, and CLEARLY. When he refers to matter already covered in an earlier section of the book, he clearly states the page number, where you can go back and refer to that section. His treatment of shadows is typical of how he addresses each subject in his little book.
José opens the chapter with a brief discussion of what Van Gogh once said about shadows, and discusses how artists currently view shadows as blue; whereas, at one time, they were viewed as similar to Van Dyck brown, or burnt umber. He explains how the post-impressionists discovered that the basic color of shadows is blue, and he devotes an entire lesson to actually showing us how that is so. Next, he devotes a second lesson to understanding the local color in darker tones, which he also points out is somewhat reminiscent of an old master's painting. In the first lesson, he gives us a sample still life painting, all in shades of blue. In the second lesson, we see the same still life painting, where the shadows are not made with blue, but only by using darker tones of the local colors. The third lesson deals with the complementary color of the local color.
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Although oriented toward oil painters, Jose Parramon's color theory book is enlightening and informative for anyone who wishes to understand color. He explains the theory very simply and clearly, illustrating concepts with pertinent color examples from oil painting.

As a photoshop instructor helping my students understand color both on screen (made with light) and in print, and as a photographer seeking to capture harmonious images, I found the book to be very helpful in clarifying my understanding of color. I was pleased also to learn about the color of shadows, and how colors cast their complementary color onto neighboring objects - knowledge that helps not only with painting but also in regard to touching up photographs.
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Unlike some of the past reviewers, I liked the use of the more technical CMYK colors as the primary rather than the RGB. I especially enjoyed the discussion of additive color changes and subtractive color changes. I work in stained glass and thus work with both methods of altering colors. It is important to me both how the glass will look when looked at directly and also how the colors will look when it is as transmitted light casting colors onto the surrounding room. Highly recommended.
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...Are absolutely correct. The previous reviewer is
incorrect. Do a search on the web for primary colors
and you will see this is true.
And, I love the book.
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Physics is a science that deals with matter and energy. Physics includes light, prisms, luminosity and color. In his book, Color Theory, Jose Parramon discusses the primary colors of light and the primary colors of pigments. Parramon's primary pigment colors are correct according to the laws of physics. The harmonization, contrast and shadows of color are intriguing topics. The Uses and Abuses of Black and White are worthy of notation. Parramon uses prussian blue, a fugitive color that disappears when paintings are stored in the dark. The Impressionists substituted transparent cobalt blue to replace transparent prussian blue. This book has excellence. Use Parramon's Color Theory as a reference for further study.
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By Rica Web on September 17, 2008
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This is a great book for budding art students. I used this as my reference in my art classes in college. Very detailed and full of information. Even if you are not a natural artist, you will be able to develop your skill if you have a good guide such as this.
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Basic color theory. I have been painting for a long time for the most part a self taught artist. (Have had some schooling) I have learned some very good things about color composition from this book. So to me it is a great book but mainly for the beginner and up. However any professionally taught artist should know this stuff.
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