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EXPLORING
COLOR

w o r k s h o p
with new exercises,

lessons and demonstrations

30th
A N N I V E R S A RY E D I T I O N

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ART TECHNIQUES

FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF
THE NEW CREATIVE ARTIST AND CONFIDENT COLOR

UNLOCK THE SECRETS
to gorgeous, expressive,

unforgettable color!

Finding color combinations that not only work but excite the eye

is one of the greatest challenges artists face. This updated and

expanded 30th anniversary edition of the North Light classic

Exploring Color will show you, no matter what your skill level or

medium of choice, how to use and control color in your artwork.

Popular art instructor and best-selling author Nita Leland

will help you take any artwork you make to new heights.

Memorable paintings from 57 contributing artists will inspire

you, along with 75+ hands-on exercises, 8 step-by-step

demonstrations and countless nuggets of color knowledge—

all in your own private workshop!

Learn how to master color mixing, assemble the perfect

palette for your artistic goals, select just the right color scheme,

and communicate color in a way that elevates your designs

way beyond the ordinary. Start a handy journal to keep track

of your discoveries with customized mixtures, color wheels,

reference charts and other tools designed to uncover your color

personality and help you work with color more efficiently.

Nita knows the quest for perfect color can be fun, and it can

be yours. So stop guessing, and start exploring!

“Beautiful color is no happy

accident. Color can be learned.”
— Nita Leland

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This book is dedicated with all my heart to my supportive
family, friends, teachers and students, and, as always, to R.G.L.

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Mixing and Matching Harmonious Colors
Pigment compatibility in transparency, intensity and tinting

strength is a key to distinctive color. But you don’t have to

limit yourself strictly to my colors. Compatible colors are

points of departure, not formulas. Test your mixtures. Many

colors share the characteristics of each group and can be

used interchangeably. Use good judgment when you cross

over to another group. Permanent Alizarin Crimson may

work well with both the intense and the traditional colors,

but it’s much too powerful for the delicate ones. Burnt Sienna

fi ts in with every palette. Try Permanent Rose on the high-

key palette. Explore variations of the Old Masters’ palette

using Ivory Black or Neutral Tint. Be sure your substitutions

share some of the characteristics of the triad you’re putting

them into, or that you adjust adequately for any differences

in transparency and tinting strength. What other harmonious

combinations can you fi nd?

EXERCISE 40: MAKE A HARMONIOUS COLOR CHART

Now that you’ve explored harmonious palettes, organize your

colors into a workable system with this exercise. Your test

charts from chapter three will help you group colors according

to their transparency or opacity, intensity and tinting strength.

Begin by separating your colors into two major groups: high

intensity and low intensity. Next, within each of those two

groups, sort the colors according to their tinting strength:

delicate, intermediate or strong. Finally, within each of these

groups, match the colors for their transparency or opacity.

Study the chart on this page to get you started. Make one like

it in your color journal, adding your own colors. After you’ve

selected the colors for each category, place a swatch of each

compatible color outside the edges of the appropriate wheel

on each harmonious color wheel chart, as shown in mine in

this chapter, to provide a visual reference for colors that share

similar characteristics. Some colors may work equally well on

more than one wheel.

HARMONIOUS COLORS CHART

HIGH-INTENSITY COLORS

LOW-INTENSITY COLORS

DELICATE HIGH-KEY

(TRANSPARENT)

Rose Madder Genuine

Permanent Rose

Aureolin

Cobalt Blue

Manganese Blue Hue

Viridian

OPAQUE (VERY OPAQUE)

Indian Red

Naples Yellow

Yellow Ochre

Cerulean Blue

Caput Mortuum Violet

TRADITIONAL

(TRANSPARENT OR OPAQUE)

Cadmium Red Medium

Cadmium Scarlet

Cadmium Lemon

New Gamboge or

Indian Yellow

French Ultramarine

Permanent Green Pale

Hooker’s Green

Cadmium Orange

MODERN LOW-INTENSITY

(TRANSPARENT OR OPAQUE)

Perylene Maroon

Perylene Violet

Quinacridone Gold

Indanthrone Blue

Quinacridone Burnt Orange

PrimaTek mineral pigments

BOLD (TRANSPARENT)

Quinacridone Magenta

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Pyrrole Red

Winsor Lemon

Phthalo Blue (Green Shade

or Red Shade)

Phthalo Turquoise

Phthalo Green

Winsor Orange

Dioxazine Violet

Permanent Magenta

BRIGHT EARTH

(TRANSPARENT)

Brown Madder

Perylene Maroon

Raw Sienna

Indigo

Indanthrone Blue

Olive Green

MODERN HIGH-INTENSITY

(TRANSPARENT)

Quinacridone Magenta

Hansa Yellow Light

Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)

Phthalo Turquoise

Phthalo Green

Permanent Green Pale

Phthalo Turquoise Blue

Dioxazine Violet

Pyrrole Orange

OLD MASTERS’

(TRANSPARENT OR OPAQUE)

Burnt Sienna

Raw Sienna

Ivory Black

Neutral Tint

Payne’s Gray

Olive Green

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1
Make a simple drawing

Section a 12" × 16" (31cm × 41cm) sheet of paper (or larger) into eight equal

rectangles. Then make a simple drawing on tracing paper that you can easily transfer

eight times to this support. I include just a few large shapes and an area that will

remain white, leaving out unimportant details. You can make your sketches of simple

nonobjective designs if you want to. Then, shade in a simple value pattern.

2
Transfer the drawing

Turn the sketch over and rub the

back with a soft graphite pencil where

you see the lines through the tracing

paper. To set the graphite so it won’t

smear my watercolor paper, I dampen

a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and

wipe lightly over the rubbing. When

the alcohol is dry, I turn the drawing

over and lay it on each section of the

watercolor paper, tracing the lines with

different colored pencils for each sec-

tion, so I can see which lines I’ve traced.

If the transfer becomes too faint, simply

rub the back with graphite again and set

with alcohol.

3
Try out combinations

In your color journal, mingle the col-

ors of each compatible palette, trying out

different combinations and color effects.

When you find ones you like, mark them

with the names of the palettes and the

paint colors included in the mixtures,

so you know which ones to use on the

comparison sheet. I rarely use more than

three colors for each palette, but you can

include other colors you find compatible.

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Paint the first color

sketch

After I’ve selected the colors I plan to

use for all the sketches, I paint the first

sketch with the high-key palette.

Compare Harmonious
Palettes
The color effects of harmonious palette groupings are so useful that artists in

nonpainting media can also use them to create harmonious artwork. In this

demonstration you’ll see how compatible palettes compare by making eight

sketches of a single subject using each of the palettes. The goal is to create

a distinctive mood, pushing the colors in each palette to show their special

characteristics.

Demonstration

MATERIALS
12" × 16" (31cm × 41cm) or larger

sheet of paper suitable for your

medium of choice • Harmonious

palette colors in medium of choice •

Colored pencils • Drawing pencil •

Tracing paper • Soft graphite pencil •

Cotton swab • Rubbing alcohol •

Color journal

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EXPLORING
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ART TECHNIQUES

FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF
THE NEW CREATIVE ARTIST AND CONFIDENT COLOR

UNLOCK THE SECRETS
to gorgeous, expressive,

unforgettable color!

Finding color combinations that not only work but excite the eye

is one of the greatest challenges artists face. This updated and

expanded 30th anniversary edition of the North Light classic

Exploring Color will show you, no matter what your skill level or

medium of choice, how to use and control color in your artwork.

Popular art instructor and best-selling author Nita Leland

will help you take any artwork you make to new heights.

Memorable paintings from 57 contributing artists will inspire

you, along with 75+ hands-on exercises, 8 step-by-step

demonstrations and countless nuggets of color knowledge—

all in your own private workshop!

Learn how to master color mixing, assemble the perfect

palette for your artistic goals, select just the right color scheme,

and communicate color in a way that elevates your designs

way beyond the ordinary. Start a handy journal to keep track

of your discoveries with customized mixtures, color wheels,

reference charts and other tools designed to uncover your color

personality and help you work with color more efficiently.

Nita knows the quest for perfect color can be fun, and it can

be yours. So stop guessing, and start exploring!

“Beautiful color is no happy

accident. Color can be learned.”
— Nita Leland

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