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Colour Dynamics

Workbook for Water Colour Painting and Colour Theory

December 2017
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    18th December 2017
  • ISBN 9781907359927
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 10.25" x 8.25"
  • Images Color

The creative, healing power of color affects us profoundly. Colour Dynamics reveals the essence of each color, renewing your ability to see the world afresh. This leads to painting from the heart of each color. You can feel with Paul Klee who said, “Color has me, color and I are one. I am a painter.”

Angela Lord invites you to deepen your grasp of color with: handy tips on materials and painting skills — exercises for transforming your color experience — inspiring themes for painting exercises, including rainbows, trees, flowers, landscapes and the four seasons — striking experiments and painting ideas using after images, complementary colors, color circles, color enhancement, color perspective and composition for creating visual impact — clarifying your own color insights using Goethe and Rudolf Steiner’s color theories.

The author invites readers to develop their own color insights with materials and techniques, exploring colors, painting rainbows, color clashes, complementary colors, after-images, painting the color circle and complementary colors, enhancing colors, a new color circle, the interplay of light and dark, sunrise and sunset, color dynamics and composition, an overview of cooler through history, watercolor painting and the Steiner Waldorf curriculum, resources, glossary and references.

This is a useful resource for beginners, art students, painters, Waldorf teachers, art therapists, architects and interior designers. Steiner Waldorf teachers will find Colour Dynamics an up-to-date tried-and-tested educational resource.

“The clear, well-explained text leads you through a series of exercises and techniques. The beginner will enjoy the discovery of colour. Teachers and therapists will value this resource with its sparkling insights.”

Anna Hubbard, Arts Foundation Course Tutor

C O N T E N T S:



1. Exploring Colors
2. Painting the Rainbow
3. Combining Colors


1. Complementary Colors
2. After-images
3. Painting with Complementary Colors
4. Why do Colors Clash?


1. The Color Circle
2. Enhancing Colors
3. The Polarity of Red and Blue—a New Color Circle


1. Sunrises, Sunsets: The Interplay of Light and Darkness
2. Sunrises and Sunsets as Archetypes: Painting out of Color


1. Color through History: A Brief Overview
2. Color Now: Ways to Use this Book

About the Author

Quotations and References
Credits for Illustrations
Suggestions for Further Reading

Angela Lord

Angela Lord is a painter, interior color designer, muralist, and art therapist. She works with the themes of nature and the seasons, fairytales, and mythology. She has taught in both state and Steiner–Waldorf schools teaching art and handcrafts, and she has worked extensively in adult education. Angela Lord wrote and illustrated Colour Dynamics: Workbook for Watercolour Painting and Colour Therapy. Her latest series of books are on creative form drawing with children.