Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 2005 ISBN# 082304260X
Introduction - Finding Your Own WayChapter One - WHAT IS COLOR? •Art and Science in Your Eye •Psycolorgy: Seeing What You Think •In the Studio: Tom Lynch; Kitty Wallace
Chapter Two - MEDIA MELANGE
•Color Concoctions •Manufacturing Makeovers •Label Language •Liquid and Solid Colors •In the Studio: Bill James; Sean Dye
Chapter Three - CHROMA CHRONICLES
•Color According to Academics •Color According to Artists •Color Motivations •In the Studio: Jeanne Carbonetti; Thomas Nash
Chapter Four - COLOR WHEEL CONFESSIONS
•Common Color Schemes •Conflict Resolution •Pigment Puzzles •Achroma •Palette Priorities •In the Studio: Abby Lammers; Camille Przewodek
Chapter Five - COLORS IN CONTRAST
•Value •Temperature •Intensity •Context Contrasts •Size Matters •Theories in Relativity •In the Studio: Robert Burridge; Caroline Jasper
Please note correction in paragraph 3, page 24, POWERCOLOR first edition: (Regarding Kitty Wallis's methods) "Starting on her paper, Wallis Archival sanded paper, Wallis first marks minimal charcoal lines to establish compositional bones."
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"By the end you'll be equipped with all you need to choose a palette to best express your artistic vision."
"This finest in-depth color theory manual for public libraries is highly recommended."
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"This comprehensive survey of color - its science, psychology, theory, and aesthetics - gives artists the knowledge and power to do more with color."
- Monocacy Monacle
"Rather than promote a particular theory, method or use of materials 'Powercolor" offers readers the freedom and spontaneity to develop their own creative path."
- Cape Gazette
Author, Caroline Jasper:
"As a student, artist, and teacher, it seems forever that I have been looking for a comprehensive book about color. The important things I have read about color come from many different books, each having a narrow focus. Some discuss only color theory or mixing, others are about one artist, or one medium, or deal with color as a minor facet of broad topics such as art history or psychology.
When I imagined this book,I knew I wanted it to be the one-stop learning tool I always hoped to find. It would offer aspects of what fascinates and frustrates artists about color, mindful of the importance of concept over technique. And, since important works of art spring from originality, it would be both for and against color theory, assembled not for the purpose of setting out rules, but for clarification toward greater understanding and ultimately improved use of color.
Works and words from contributing artists, Robert Burridge, Jeanne Carbonetti, Sean Dye, Bill James, Abby Lammers, Tom Lynch, Thomas Nash, Camille Prezwodek, and Kitty Wallis, enrich and enlighten its pages."
(Artist names above link to information and images.)
© Caroline Jasper
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!"
"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 an 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 how 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 color theory manual for public libraries is highly recommended."
Daniel Lombardo, Library Journal, July, 2005 Art Instruction
"Be bold . Stuck in a color rut? In her new book Powercolor-Master Color Concepts For All Media, author Caroline Jasper empowers artists to do more with their use of 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. Powercolor is available in paperback for $24.95. For more information contact: Watson-Guptill Publications."
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By Patrick R. Wagner
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