Review: 🎨 Color Harmony for Artists by Ana Victoria Calderón // Or, Get Inspired by Colours!

★★★☆☆ | Play with colours and let them inspire you

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Title: Color Harmony for Artists

Author: Ana Victoria Calderón

Publisher: Quarry Books

Release Date: November 19th 2019

Pages: 144

Genres: Non-fiction / Arts and Crafts

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goodreads-add-e1547065951898🎨 basics of colour theory
🎨 the process of getting inspired by colours
🎨 ideas and inspirations with colour palettes to explore

Explore and create expressive palettes and paintings with Color Harmony for Artists

Watercolor author, artist, and teacher Ana Victoria Calderon guides you through choosing, mixing, and using color with watercolor and mixed media to create the most expressive and appealing combinations and effects for a wide range of moods and subjects. You’ll explore a variety of subjects and themes, including flowers, foliage, landscapes, skies, cities, figures, art movements, and historical eras.

Begin with a quick overview of the basics of color, color mixing, and mixed media.
Explore a variety of color and media combinations, including brilliant brights, muted neutrals, high-contrast complements, and special effects.

Find inspiration in evocative photos, abundant palettes, and beautiful paintings.
With Color Harmony for Artists, every artist, from beginner to advanced, will be inspired to embrace the creative possibilities of color and paint!

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Honestly, this review has been in my drafts for some time now. 

I don’t really have that much to say about this book?

It had all the basics of watercolours covered so you can start off with it with no prior knowledge and as a beginner, it’s always good to go through it once again.

But!

It’s just not very close to my art style.

I had a lot of paintings to chose from when I was writing the review of my last art book and while I like the idea of getting inspired by colours and the quick tour of the colour used in various art styles — my art process is just not there yet.

I think this book would gain a lot if the author said a word or two on the techniques she was using as well because if this is aimed at beginners (I assume since it started with the basics) — then it’s important to know where to start from.

As an inspiration, it’s certainly interesting and would be helpful to many struggling with art block or just trying to get better with colour compostion. 

(Provided they ‘click’ with the art style or are okay with and have the time for exploring)

I’ll update if I try out this process.

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LET’S TALK!


  • Have you read this book? Are you planning to?
  • Do you paint or create art?
  • How do you get inspired?

–E.

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