Color is very important for some artists. Below is some work by artists who I think have a strong sense of color:
Van Gogh, Almond Branches in Bloom, 29 x 36 inches, 1890
I saw this painting (Almond Branches) in the Van Gogh show in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) in spring of 2012. The actual painting is much more beautiful than this online reproduction . One of the best art shows I ever went to. Everything about it: framing of the work, the sequence by which the viewer walked through, the Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), and other Japanese artists who inspired many artists in the 19th century - Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. There were some 19th century photographs in the show as well.
Van Gogh, Siesta, 1890
** Throughout history artists had a special relationship with color. This short video from youtube speaks to this.
Video by New Zealand artist Richard Robinson:
I'm trying to work on my color and value...always.
I think it's important to go back to the basics here and there - believe it or not, it's extremely useful when you feel lost, or want to refresh yourself.
More helpful painting tips from Richard Robinson:
The video above gives tips on how to better see color and value - though color vision/expression is very personal in my opinion...I can look at the same thing over a period of 3 hours and continuously change my mind about which colors I see. Feelings play a huge role in this, and what you are looking at when comparing one object to the next. Everything is relative. ;)
For example (about color being relative to surroundings):You look at an orange (fruit) and you decide that its' color is orange (of course). Then you put a carrot next to it. Oh no! Two orange color objects? Do you separate them by putting an outline around each? It's a possibility! But you can also ask, "which is darker (even if it's a slight transition), which one is more reddish? or greenish? or purplish? or yellowish? And differentiate their orange that way. :)
AWSOME SIMPLE, 2 MINUTE, VALUE/COLOR LESSON VIDEO, by Peggi Roberts:
You can do this by taking any simple colored image/photo you took - copy, save, make black and white, look at the images next to eachother: Paint both. Make a chart of values - how many do you see? Paint them. :-P
More Peggi Kroll - great demo:
**Look at her list of recomended books/influences for reading on color and composition on her web, pretty awsome books there...Hawthorne on Painting, The Art of Spirit by Robert Henri, Edgar Payne's The Composition of Outdoor painting, and more. :)))
Video by Kroll, with her studio and most importantly (why I watched the video) her Art work:
Only thing I don't like is the classic music in the background (you can disagree)...I hear it too often in the different art videos I watch. Some rock or metal for a change? Haha...
This video is very helpful as a simple teaching tool with basic information. :)
Head proportions, basics, oh so simple - AWESOME:
MMm...so from color and value I went to head proportions and planes...I'll make a separate post for that. Cheers!