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June 11, 2016
Hi Friends and Fellow Artists

See the yellow image above? On the left page, look at the black dot in the middle for about 30 seconds -- then go and look at the right page with the dot in the middle. Done that? What "after image" did you see? You should have seen the opposite color of the yellow like a deep violet!

Below, I put a color blind test for you and friends can check - can you see the number in the middle of the circle? If not, you are color blind in specific colors. Try it - and get your friends to try it!

Tips here on color OK, so you've just purchased a bunch of quality oil paints or a box of colored pencils!

You know a bit about color but not much and you begin to wonder how to match up your new colors with the REAL colors of the scene you are painting?

Some of these real world colors you got are not even close to what mother nature is dishing up for you. There are some intense natural colors out there in the landscape you are viewing - and the colors you bought are not even close!

You notice - as you have keen observational skills - notice in the landscape, about ninety percent of what you are viewing are greys, subtle greys. But what about that bright orange and yellow sunset? You have nothing to match up to that in your toolbox. Or the deep blue sky that Monet painted so well!

This is unlike a child's idea of color where the sky is blue and the grass is green. All of us seem to have preconceived ideas with really seeing what the colors actually are! Can you re-create these colors from the colors you purchased?

You can't? But do you know how those colors relate to one another? So what you need is a little practice in mixing and placing one color next to it to evaluate the "true" color to notice the very subtle contrast.

Jollyon Hooley June 2016

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