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Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory [Paperback]

Stephen Quiller
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Book Description

Feb. 1 2002
Internationally renowned artist and best selling author Stephen Quiller shows readers how to discover their own personal "color sense" in Color Choices, a book that offers readers a fresh perspective on perfecting their own color styles.

With the help of his own "Quiller Wheel," a special foldout wheel featuring 68 precisely placed colors, the author shows artists how they can develop their own unique color blends. First, Quiller demonstrates how to use the wheel to interpret color relationships and mix colors more clearly. Then he explains, step by step, how to develop five structured color schemes, apply underlays and overlays, and use color in striking, unusual ways. This book will bring out every artist's unique sense of color whether he or she works in oil, watercolor, acrylics, gouache, or casein.

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Stephen Quiller is an internationally recognized artist and teacher and is the author of the bestselling art guides Acrylic Painting Techniques and Painter's Guide to Color. He lives in Crede, Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to color Dec 25 1999
quiller's guide is the most systematic color text available. it combines a deep knowledge of traditional color theories with a huge amount of quiller's personal research into how paints actually mix as colors. central to the book is quiller's color mixing wheel for watercolors, oils and acrylics, probably the most accurate color wheel available in any published work (though he has a revised color wheel, available separately). he explores the monochrome, analogous, complementary and split complementary color schemes through many demonstration paintings and detailed mixing instructions. he emphasizes repeatedly the importance of a strong value composition, and careful variations in color saturation, in building the painting. an indispensible book.
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Stephen Quiller has his own theory for the uses of color in artwork. It is easy to read, follow and has lots of examples. These examples include poor choices, as well as good ones, which helps the artist to distiguish by visuals, the difference. An excellent reference for working and learning artists. It makes quick work of the confusion regarding complementary, secondary and tertiary colours and shows the direct co-relations. It also comes with a wall poster reference to the Quiller colour wheel. Colours are listed by standard commercial names which makes it easy for the artist to locate the proper colour with which they wish to work. All sorts of little hints to help the struggling artist handle media more easily.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The book cover is the best painting. Aug. 2 2014
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The book cover is the best painting... I was very unmotivated to continue to read. Quiller is a good painter but his work didn't blow my hair back so I felt learning his color system was not super interesting. I should have looked at more of his work before buying. This is a dust collector.

It looks like a great book for the water colorist, the examples are water color paintings. No oil paint and few acrylic painting examples. I understand the theories cross over to all mediums but I wanted to see some strong opaque passages of paint using his system.

I'll slowly thumb through the book and may pickup some good pointers but its not a game changer at all for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting colour combinations March 2 2013
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Another good book on colour theory and has some lovely interesting colour combination ideas and samples to try. Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Beginning Artist Jan. 31 2010
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Like a color chiropractor, Stephen Quiller makes one tiny adjustment to the color wheel and the whole foundation suddenly falls into it's proper place. This book has been a valuable addition to my library and one I happily purchase for other artists. The information on how colors work together and in art is exciting and inspiring. One painter friend of mine even makes her salads based on the Quiller color wheel! There's never any left over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Aug. 9 2002
This book is worth what I paid for it if only for the pictures. Just looking at them was enough to change the way I see color. Luckily, there's more to the book than pictures, including a wonderful fold-out of Quiller's personal color chart, which goes beyond what we learn in high school art to something much more involving. Scheme by scheme, Quiller explains the how and why of colors with ample examples. This book is a must-have for every artist who isn't born with a natural eye for color, and a should-have for every artist who is.
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