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What is color theory? It’s a language and set of concepts that’s useful for describing and creating color relationships.

Color management helps you get consistent colors. Color adjustment helps you change colors. Color theory helps you choose colors.

I’ve studied color all of my life – and it’s always rewarding.

Here’s a roundup of the best books I’ve found on color theory.

Reid

Lori Reid’s The Color Box is a great place to start with color theory. It’s neither definitive nor deep but it does a great job of surveying many approaches to understanding color.

Albers

Josef Albers’s Theory and Interaction of Color is the definitive work for creating a hands on understanding of essential optical effects.

Itten

Johannes Itten’s Art Of Color (an expansion of his The Elements Of Color) is clearer and wider ranging than Albers’ similar book.

Birren

Faber Birren’s Creative Color discusses ways of creating effects (like iridescence and pearlescence) that few other resources touch on.

Wong

Wucius Wong’s Principles Of Color Design shows the links between color and other compositional devices.

Livingstone

Margaret Livingstone’s Vision And Art details the biology behind the effects artists’ create.

Find more recommended Color Reading here.

Learn more with these Color Theory here.

Learn more in my digital printing and digital photography workshops.

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Two books have profoundly influenced my thinking about man’s relationships with nature.

Jamake Highwater’s The Primal Mind is the best explanation of Native American viewpoints on the deep interconnectivity between humans and land, as well as art, that I’ve ever read.

Here’s an excerpt …

“Art is a way of seeing, and what we see in art helps to define what we understand by the word “reality.” We do not all see the same things. Though the dominant societies usually presume that their vision represents the sole truth about the world, each society (and often individuals with the same society) sees reality uniquely. The complex process by which the arts transforms the act of seeing into a vision of the world is one of the the consummate mysteries of the arts – one of the reasons that art is inseparable from religion and philosophy for most tribal peoples.”

Find The Primal Mind here.

David Abrams The Spell Of The Sensuous is a poetic rumination on the important role language plays in forming identity and relationships – and he suggests the English language lacks key concepts.

Here’s an excerpt …

“Ecologically considered, it is not primarily our verbal statements that are “true” or “false,” but rather the kind of relationsh that we sustain with the rest of nature. A human community that lives in a mutually beneficial relation with the surrounding earth is a community, we might say, that lives in truth.”

Find The Spell Of The Sensuous here.

Listen to me read two of my favorite passages from these books here.

Find more Recommended Reading here.

(For more reading in this vein click on Important Thoughts.)

Haiku_Recommended

Looking for books on great haiku poetry?

Here’s a list of books on haiku that I recommend.

Six on writing and enjoying haiku.

1   Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide by Jane Reichhold

2   Haiku: A Poet’s Guide by Lee Gurga

3   The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku by William J. Higginson

4   The Haiku Seasons by William J. Higginson

5   How to Haiku: A Writer’s Guide to Haiku and Related Forms by Bruce Ross

6   The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Three outstanding collections of haiku; two historic and one contemporary.

7   The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets translated by Sam Hamill

8   The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology by Faubion Bowers

9   The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor van den Heuvel

Find the books I recommend on haiku here.

Reading_Meditation

Looking for great books on Meditation?

Browse this collection of my favorites.

This collection features accessible, easy-to-understand, and easy to practice resources from a variety of authorities practicing in different traditions.

Learn more about Meditation here.

Find more great books here.

Reading_Journaling

Looking for great books on journaling? Browse this collection of my favorites.

There are lots of types of journals and ways to journal. These books will offer all kinds of fresh ways to record, explore, develop and possibly share your experiences.

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.

Reading_Abstraction

Looking for great books on abstraction?

Browse this collection of my favorites.

This collection gathers classics from artists, psychologists, and scientists alike.

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.


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