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I'm taking a color theory class, Lucia (Read 3113 times)
Feb 14th, 2006 at 6:16am

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Lucia wrote:

>msg=Hi Don,
>Send me a Zip of the RCW please. Add comments here -->I am taking a color theory class and this looks like something I could use.
>Lucky Kelly
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If your an artist and you paint on location you need this color wheel.

The head of the class was taught along with every one else in the country (State's School Standards) that the primary colors are red,  blue and yellow.

That's a hard rut to break out of but you can do it.

Let me know if you have any trouble and you need proof that this original color wheel,  that follows the elements colors in crystals and shows how these colors are supposed to get dark..  It matches  every color's opposition color to mix a neutral dark with pigments.  Everything is documented.

You can find out a lot by going to this page..
From the Color Course page, use your browser Edit>Find in this page.

Search for, THEORY. Don't jump around sections, start from the top and go right through the page. It's a big complete page. When I do the search, my word always ends up on the last line of the browser window.

Where are you from?

Here is a 5" traveling, printable RCW to print out.
The full course CD includes a Laminated 5" RCW. On the CD ($35) are the 5",  8", 11" and 32" printable versions. They are all available as laminated hard copies, $10, $20, $30, $200. Kinko's makes a big price jump after 11x17 gloss paper.

Here is your free 5" Real Color Wheel.
Set your printer for 150 dpi.

It will take 5 minutes download on a dial-up.

Here is the RCW back copy only with pigment matching information.


I have a laminated CMYK 5x5 RCW printed with heat based permanent inks with the pigment colors printed on the back for $10.
Otherwise the color pigments are on this site.

The full Real Color Wheel Painting on Location course site is on CD for $35 and includes the laminated 5x5 inch Real Color Wheel matching pigments printed on the back. The CD is always current and inclusive.

This link (also in the course) is to an interactive RCW describing all the colors.

For a link to opposition (complement) colors.

Here is a link to my site tree and full online color course free.

It's really nice to know what colors neutralize any other color you see. Shade any color naturally with out adding black pigment. I know it sounds to good to be true, but it is.

Here's page that has the pigments with the RCW numbers to match each color section.

This is how and why the RCW color wheel works.

In omnipresent lighting, shade lighting or in bright sunlight, daylight will give these results.

Take the red tomato and it's shade/shadow color.
The shade color of an object is always the opposite of the most saturated local color. The shadow color of a red tomato is cyan, red and cyan mix a neutral dark, that's the basis of the tomato's shadow.

Other colors may influence it by their approximation or reflection but that will not change the basic shadow color.

This holds true for every color object there is.

Red and green, yellow and purple, blue and orange are opposite only on the INCORRECT Red-Yellow-Blue color theory you were taught. They do not mix neutral darks.

This color wheel is based on the similarities between elements, crystals, chemicals and pigments. Crushed crystals are pigments, elements represent colors and chemical colors have the same color paths as both.

The yellow crystal becomes dark brown. Do you have any pigment colors that are duel-tone in this fashion? Nickel complex is a chemical name for one of these colors, Indian yellow. It makes the primary painting triad to dark. Just know that brown (dark yellow) and ultramarine blue (yellow's opposite) are complements that represent the yellow and blue opposition. Primary cyan gets darker by adding it's opposite red, green is opposite magenta.

The sun in the morning, when it is the brightest yellow, has blue shadows, when it's red at evening it has dark cyan shadows. Both are complementary sets of colors.

This page is about chemical colors and their color paths.


For the crystals and elements of color, go here.

Don Jusko
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