Artist Talk on Color Theory

  Melissa Carmon will be sharing the science behind her approach to color theory at an artist talk at Living Fire Gallery, where her work is on display.

 

Melissa Carmon will be sharing the science behind her approach to color theory at an artist talk at Living Fire Gallery, where her work is on display.

Color and Neurological Perception

During my recent talk at Living Fire, we were able to delve into the key theories about how we perceive color neurologically.

  A page from Johannes Itten's book on color.  

 

A page from Johannes Itten's book on color.  

I still remember the day I found this illustration from Bauhaus theorist, Johannes Itten.  I was in high school at the time, and was reading through Itten's Elements of Color.  This illustration has shaped the way I use and understand color ever since.  This was part of the information presented at the artist's talk, since it an excellent illustration of the relationship between hue and value.

Melissa Carmon Myers Artist Talk on Color Theory at Living Fire Gallery

For the sake of demonstration, I distilled Itten's chart, and made a value scale that roughly corresponds to the hues found in a rainbow.  

  Melissa Carmon giving an artist talk at Living Fire Arts

 

Melissa Carmon giving an artist talk at Living Fire Arts

Other topics addressed at the artist talk included simultaneous contrast, non-native color usage, and color relativity.

The participants were the most fun part of the morning.  A big thanks to everyone who came and made the event such a delight.


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