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The Power and Vastness of Color PART 1

Suzanne Jacquot

Color in a picture is like the enthusiasm in life. 
— Vincent Van Gogh

Grant and I are excited to share our thoughts, our findings and our inspirations on various topics that affect our art as we  create in our studios and help others to find their heart's desires and their creative expression.  So, without actually being in one of our workshops, we hope you can participate through this blog as one way to get to know us and what we offer you. 

We are passionate about COLOR, so this Blog is Part 1 on the Power and  Vastness of  Color.   Here's how we express color in our art:

Grant Taylor,

Suzanne Jacquot, Conversation, Acrylic on paper

Have you ever wondered how to view Abstract Art?  A great way is to take in and become aware of the color in the artwork.  How do you respond to the color in these images?  What feelings do you have when you see each image?  How does the palette enhance the mood of the image?  

Color is one of the elements of painting. Understanding color and its impact can help you create more dynamic paintings.   Here are two important impacts color has on art.  

Color expresses feelings and emotions. 
Color engages the viewer, and helps direct the viewer around the image. 

Color can be a very powerful element in your own images for it can also provide dissonance, harmony, boldness, balance, rhythm, atmosphere, depth and much more when used effectively.  Color is especially exciting since each artist creates a unique visual voice through their use of color.

To explore color it is very helpful to understand a few basic terms and ideas about color.  For example:  Color has three components:  HUE, SATURATION, and VALUE.  What are these?  These are properties and can highly affect the strength, the clarity, the richness of a painting.  We have put together this short color video to help you further understand the properties and some basic terminology of color.   Simply click on the image to begin the Video.  

Color and the Color wheel
Suzanne Jacquot and Grant Taylor
Narration and videography by Grant Taylor

The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” 
— Henry Matisse

AND, to followup the conceptual, and more technical terms of colors we put together a slide show by artists, from the great masters to contemporary painters, so that you can see how they express the properties of colors to engage the viewer and to  create moods and emotions dynamically in their art.

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
— Wassily Kandinsky

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