Our Color Master today is Susan Shie
Color cast is one of the hardest things to talk about. We’ve defined cool and warm colors. But color cast can be warm or cool on any hue. Up until now, we have looked at the color through a hypothesis of color theory. It’s a valuable tool, but it is just a theory. At a certain point it has to bend a bit to fit reality. We are assuming a perfection that doesn’t exist except in theory.
If we mix perfect primaries, it should give us clear colors. Experience tells us something different. You can mix yellow and blue and get brown. The colors are not perfect and can lean a little either to the sun or the shade. This is not about being a cool or warm color. It’s a color cast. When you look at a color, ask yourself if it is most like the color to the right or the left of it on the color wheel. If the color is more like the one to the right it leans towards the sun. If it’s more like the one to the left, it leans towards the shade. You can mix sun colors only or shade colors and be sure of clear hues. If you mix sun and shade, then you get earth. If the color has brown already in it, it’s an earth color and anything you mix with it will create more earthy color,
But when we’re chosing color as opposed to mixing color, it gives us the same kind of contrasts in temperature cool and warm colors give us.
Susan is the master of the airbrush and the story. Most of her quilts have long and delightful stories written into the art itself. Make your’self some reading time and you’ll feel like you sat for a day in her kitchen drinking tea and hearing all about the family.
But she’s a master colorist too. She knows how to accentuate her images against all of that swirling design and she does it with a change in color cast.
Here’s a chart from Big Huge Labs of her color choices.
I’ve separated out her sun colors from her shade colors.The major im
The thermal shock from thse choices make her images glow off the background. Like everything else about Susan, it’s simply brilliant and brilliantly simple.
Here’s some more of her fabulous work. See how she uses color cast to accentuate and separate her field and ground.
The images we used of hers today are from the minor arcana of her tarot deck.The Major arcana is currently available at Amazon.com.
On our refrigerator today we have work by Roberta Ranney. Roberta’s work. Roberta’s work echos her life in Springfield, MO with an engaging imaginiation all her own. Look into Roberta’s engaging world at her blog site at http://robertaranney.blogspot.com