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February 10 - Color Wheels

Color wheels are a tool for artists, a way to learn color theory and relationships. The one pictured below was created by my grandmother in the 8th grade. It is a good example of an academic color wheel. The wheel shows the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue, the secondary colors: orange, green and purple and the tertiary colors: red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

When I led a community studio, creating color wheels was a good way to work alongside students and to demonstrate the colorful potential of a new media we were exploring. As I posted the students’ work, I also began posting my color wheels created with the media they were using. Below is a watercolor color wheel.

I remember talking to a mom of young children once as she described watching them color together. One child would carefully line up the colors in color spectrum order while the other was more interested in mark making, content with any color, just wanting to begin making marks on the paper.

Her story reminded me of my own love of color arranging as a child. I have vivid sensory memories of the smell and feel of the crayons as I would arrange and rearrange them in their 64 crayon box, grouping the colors in the four boxes within the box. There is something soothing about sorting and arranging colors.

My invitation to you today is to create a color wheel.

Practice - Create a Color Wheel

Similar to the way we built a palette yesterday from collected colors, a color wheel can help explore the colors you are working with and the relationships between them. For example, colors on opposite sides of the wheel are more likely to create contrast.

Color wheels are one of the few things in art where there is a “correct” answer, a given pattern to use as a guide. The colors relate in a similar way regardless of the medium.

Collect some colors and create your own color wheel. You could either arrange your crayons or markers or use them to draw a color wheel. Alternatively, you might find a collection of buttons, yarn, or scraps of paper and make a color wheel out of those. Natural objects and even food items can be great materials. More examples from my practice are below. I’d love to see what you create.

Inspiration from my Practice: Color Wheels as Prayer and Meditation

A couple years ago I framed and mounted my collection of color wheels for exhibition. Now many of them hang in my family room, a delightful reminder of how this practice has traveled with me for the past several years.

The earliest one is dated 2013 so I have been working on this series on and off for about 8 years. Sometimes materials are ephemeral such as ice, flowers and vegetables above. Other times, I get to practice a specific craft or skill as with the fabric, embroidered and quilled paper color wheels below.

See more examples of color wheels and read the artist statement for this series on my website.

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Thanks, Kathryn

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