READING & MIXING COLOR-3: Reading and Translating Intensity


Reading and Translating Intensity demonstrates a practical way to correctly read and interpret the intensity level we are seeing in shadows, transitions and lights.  In this lesson, Dianne uses a scientific approach to study how intensity behaves within what we perceive to be a local color.  Knowing the science frees us to express the art.

L3-Reading and Translating Intensity of Color

A progression of the demonstration about reading intensity.
A progression of the demonstration about reading intensity.

Reading and Translating Intensity shows you a practical method for seeing how saturation of hues behave in light, in transition or in shadow.  The lesson shows how to read the degree of saturation and how to create mixtures that will interpret the local color we perceive.  Dianne uses her little Intensity Mate™ wheels to demonstrate how we can identify the hue we’re looking at, no matter how neutral it might be. 

This lesson can help you take the guesswork out of mixing color.  Isolating intensity from hue, value and temperature as much as we possibly can, you learn how to examine it and make  good color decisions.   Dianne shows her scientific method making this study easy.  Knowing the science gives us freedom to create the art.

You will find this lesson easier to understand if you first do Lessons 1 and 2 of this Series.

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