This book is an information-packed resource for all artists who paint in color.
Content cross-references core material from Caroline Jasper's painting and color theory workshops.
Table of Contents:
COLOR - THE BASIC STUFF •Wheel Color •Color Wheel Theory vs. Pigment •Reality Dual Hue Palette •Color Bias Reality Check •Theory in Practice in Your Eye
•Solving the Mud Puzzle •Mixing •Bias •Value •Black and White •Opposite Action •Temperature •In Depth
•Materials •Prep for Painting •Value Study •Color Study •Painting Sessions - Value, Color, Contrast
I SEE RED
PAINTING ON RED
•Color Premise •Color Method •Practices •Color Conclusions
THIRST FOR PAINTING WATER
•On Color Ground •Fat Over Lean •Objectivity •Important Stuff First •Before Overworking •Depth Check
•Studies •Color Value Scale •Color Value Study •Colorless Subject in Color •Paint by Temperature •Inversion •Time Quickie
The book's color concepts apply to all media. Artists all deal with the same pigments, and often question the relevance of color theory in learning to manage paint colors. All suffer through palettes wrought with muddy color in struggling to bridge the gap between wheel and real color.
Caroline Jasper spins off the color wheel offering insightful understanding of diverse facets inherent in all colors. She guides readers to think about color logically in order to choose and use paints purposefully. She explains her dual hue palette, along with essential advanced Color Tips. Clearly presented value, intensity, and temperature strategies spell out how to use color to create visual impact and enhance depth illusion.
An important feature is Jasper's concise course in painting on her trademark red ground. Materials and prep steps lead to painting demonstrations. Her approaches to landscape and water apply to many subjects.
As a bonus, uncut versions of Caroline's articles "I See Red" for American Artist Magazine,"Thirst for Painting Color" for Creative Catalyst's web site, and a demonstration segment from her book, Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media are included.
The artist shares her own color philosophy referencing examples of her work. Many of her Painting Tips, while emphasizing use of oils, have important implications for all painters. Painting Exercises specify studio practices that the artist has come to rely on.
"I really love this book. I am finally at a point in my painting experience where much of the information you share in the book makes sense to me. I am really excited about the new possibilities you have opened up for me as an artist. Thank you so much."
© Caroline Jasper
"Many of you in my workshops have watched me point out examples in Caroline Jasper's colorful book "Powercolor." Caroline is an exceptional authority on color and her book features many examples of her teaching style and color theory philosophy. This is a must read reference book. Okay, okay she uses quite a few of my paintings to illustrate her book, but I must admit I learned more about color and mixing color from this book than any other!"
"The Powercolor DVDs really opened my eyes. You explained everything so well. I have learned a lot from you. I think I finally understand color."
Min-Yin Yang, Cary, NC
"If you have already read her book Powercolor or taken her painting workshops, Caroline Jasper's new book, Painters' Guide and Color Manual is an excellent companion piece for further exploration of Caroline's color theory. It works!"
"I absolutely love your paintings and find your resource materials invaluable to me as an artist, I currently have 2 of your books Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media and a Painters' Guide and Color Manual, both have been extremely useful in helping me better understand color and how to use it to improve my own work. I also recently purchased your Color Moves-Painting Water DVD and found it amazing. I must say I have read a lot of books and seen a few DVD's on technique and color handling but none have reached out and hit home to me like your material has."
Steve St-Amour, Ontario, Canada
"I've been reading your book that I won (Painters' Guide and Color Manual). Shame I didn't have it when I started painting last year. It's full of lots of great tips for painting."
Rick Osborn, Raleigh, NC
"I just bought your Dramatic Depth in Painting DVD and am blown away by your paintings... absolutely AWESOME!"
Mary K. Havelka
"Your book (Powercolor-Master Color Concepts for All Media) is awesome. I've been quite impressed with it. Not sur what I expected when I ordered it, but you definately exceeded my expectations and then some. Great job!"
Rick Osborn, Raleigh, North Carolina
"I have your Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media book, and am loving it. I look forward to finishing the book as it is so informative."
Lin Morris, Vermont Art Event ,Burlington, VT 2013
"Your book [Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media] is one of the most complete books on color that I've ever seen. I used to work in a library and collected books for the art department, so I've seen many of them. It's nice to have it all under one cover! Thanks for going to all the work to put it together.
Ruth Ann Molyneaux, Rockford, IL
"I just bought your Dramatic Depth in Painting DVD and loved it! Thank you so much for sharing all your experience and knowledge. Its a fun DVD and has inspired me to paint. I decided after 30 years in commercial real estate to pursue my passion for creating and put together a website. Your explanation for variations in paint colors was so enlightening and made perfect sense. Thank you again for a wonderful DVD."
"Just looked at your dvd (Dramatic Depth in Painting) where you do three paintings with three colored gessos....so cool...your work resonates with me...your color sense just makes so much....well .....sense....will be playing with your theories...what fun... While the light in FLA is definitely different than the light here on the eastern shore of Maryland, the application of your ideas still apply....love it."
Pegret Harrison, Maryland
"It's a rainy day here in central California but for me it has been a warm-stimulating-exciting day because I just watched your DVD Landscape Oil Painting on Red Ground. Thank you for the challenge to learn your process. I'm having an energizing and loosing up experience following along with your landscape DVD - next the water DVD."
Raymond Farrow, California
Powercolor should be required reading for all of your workshop participants. I ordered it when I registered for the course months ago simply to get a feel for your methods and concepts. I can say that though through the years I have accumulated a small library of books on all aspects of art theory, instruction, history, etc, your book has been the most validating and instructive that I've ever studied. As a self taught landscape artist I've sometimes struggled with the confidence to "create something dramatic from an ordinary scene". From beginning to end Powercolor provided and reinforced a comprehensive, highly engaging academic, aesthetic, instructional tool. I found myself smiling and nodding throughout the reading. It also motivated me to refine and retool much of my thinking, and to make some immediate changes to what I was doing, and the materials I was using to do it. I don't know if you have any other projects in the works, but Powecolor is for me the last word regarding my studio practice. I think any serious artist, be they amateur or professional, should thoroughly digest Powercolor, and refer back to it periodically as a reference and inspiration."
Jack Hamrick, Columbia, South Carolina
"Your DVD (Color Moves - Painting Water with Oils) is very good... your talent and charisma shine through."
Donna Vacca, Ontario, Canada
"The Powercolor book is a great reference."
Paula Hand, Texas
"The books (Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media and Painters' Guide and Color Manual - Strategies for All Media) arrived this afternoon. I am still in the WOW phase of my first canvas using the red ground with my new Holbein paints. My curmudgeon color blind husband saw my work in progress and said 'Oh my God, that's beautiful'. This is fun."
Kristine Anderson, Montana
"DVD Color Moves - Painting Water with Oils: "Caroline will teach you everything you've ever wanted (or needed) to know about color theory and ways to make your hues come alive."
"I bought your DVD (Color Moves - Painting Water with Oils) and started watching it yesterday... I love it! I already ordered my colored gesso and I can't wait to try your techniques! It's very informative and simple for someone like me that paints, but has had no formal training. I Can't wait for our next one!"
Danielle Chavez, Delaware
"DVD Color Moves - Painting Water with Oils: "It is wonderful. To actually see your process from beginning to end is inspiring! I have been having so much fun painting."
Rita Pacheco, California
"I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed and learned from your DVD Color Moves - Painting Water with Oils. I'm a developing artist and good instruction is invaluable to me. Your tutorials are wonderful; you're clear about what you're doing and why, which not every painter is able to impart. I felt like I learned a really good foundation for any type of painting."
Book: Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media: "Many books claim the depiction of light is an artist's most powerful tool for capturing mood or expressing deep emotion. Jasper, a regular exhibitor in juried shows around the world whose paintings are held in public and private collections across the United States, wisely avoids such splashy generalizations and states plainly that color is fundamental to the visual arts - a universal means of communication that can be studied in contexts like nature, physics, psychology, physiology, chemistry, aesthetics, history, and culture. Her comprehensive survey discusses the physiology of the eye, the color wheel, various types of color contrast (temperature, intensity, and value), how the physical characteristics of each medium affect the use and appearance of color, and ho artists have used color throughout history. The ten very useful "In the Studio" sections feature the color theories of different contemporary artists - who, naturally, don't always agree. This finest in-depth manual for public libraries is highly recommended."
Daniel Lombardo, Library Journal, July, 2005
"Be bold. Stuck in a color rut? In her book Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media, author Caroline Jasper empowers artists t do more with their use o color - invigorating the palette and revitalizing paint choices. Jasper starts with the basics (What exactly is color, anyway?), examining physiological characteristics as well as color theories and physics. The payoff: By the end of the book you'll be equipped with all the knowledge you need to choose a palette to best express your artistic vision"
The Artists' Magazine
Book: Powercolor-Master Color Concepts for All Media: .".. a wealth of information... for artists seeking the perfect guide to color and its many theories, attributes, and methods."
The Avenue News
Book: Powercolor-Master Color Concepts for All Media: "...the first color theory book I read that didn't make me feel like a complete idiot! I highly recommend it!"
"Thank you for yet another thrill ride workshop at the AOC. You’re a wonderful artist and a gifted teacher. Thank you again for your teaching and inspiration."
Charlie Stott, Art of the Carolinas, 2014
"Your book (Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media) and manual (Painters' Guide and Color Manual-Strategies for All Media) are with me at all times. Please know that your thoughts and advice still echo in the recesses of my mind. No painting I do s without your influence. Am entering shows... getting in most of them and even won some awards. Most amazing - people buy some of my paintings! Keeps me producing and therefore learning."
Anthony Radcliffe, California
"Your book (Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media) is the one I've been looking for for years - it's perfect."
Sandra Bendetti, Delaware
"Love your book (Powercolor-Master Color Concepts for All Media)."
Scott Burchard, California
I recently purchased your book Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media at our local Barnes and Nobles. I now realize what's wrong with my paintings and where I need togo to see improvement. I want to thank you for awakening my color perception and providing sorely needed guidance."
Tom Childers, North Carolina
Powercolor - Master Color Concepts for All Media: My first art book. I Recently started painting. I seem to squelch myself with technique in anything I do. I wanted painting to be different. Since I began, I didn't read or even use the internet for anything art related. This weekend I got some art supplies and decided to peruse a couple books. Yours really hit the mark. The conceptual approach versus technique was just perfect for e. I also appreciate the time and effort in culling from other artists. I think you did a great job getting balanced and contrasting views and motivations. I saw an aspect of humility too and admiration of your colleagues. That's really cool."
I received your book "Powercolor" a few days ago and am really enjoying it. I believe I will fint it very helpful. Thanks for the great book!!"
Wendell Myers, North Carolina