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Green cats.

One day, I happened to hear a conversation between my brother and a friend, very peculiar, between us:


- Which do you like more cats?


- I'm smoky-blue


- Well, Yes, they're beautiful. And for some reason I like simple, gray, are striped, yard.


- Yeah, they can be a little green.


- Right, yeah, that's what I like.

That's brilliant! “Here,” thought I, “is on cats can be explained color theory!" Both guys talked about gray animals, but noticed that this gray is different, it also has shades close to the spectral color, blue or green (we saw a color circle - a multi-colored rainbow, closed in a single circle, this is the color circle).  So, the theory of color is quite simple and even at the household level is clear. "Wonderful, then we will study the color theory on cats" - I took a note.

With the theory itself, everything is simple: there is a neutral gray (a mixture of white and black) - achromatic, colorless - this “color” we will see if we print the photo on a black and white printer. In real life, we see the world as colored, and even complex gray, dark and light shades are also colored. Any student of the art school will tell you that black paint is undesirable to use in painting, because radical black does not exist in nature. But, there are low-saturated shades, which, in addition to the color of the rainbow spectrum (yellow, red, orange - chromatic colors), contains a shade of neutral gray (a mixture of white and black). As a result of their mixing, we have powdery color nuances, different shades of dirty blue, complex brown and sand. Compare these two pictures: they are both gray, but one graphically achromatic (colorless), and the other uses low-saturated chromatic (color) shades (pink, blue, greenish).

That's how we see the world around us, as in the second embodiment, only novice artists eyes are not prepared for serious color work. He was not accustomed to see such beautiful, subtle, refined nuances of color because of the abundance of bright, pure, spectral (that is related to the color spectrum or color wheel) colors. The task of the painter is not only to learn to see, perceive such rich, complex colors, but also to convey them in his works. And for this you need to study, consider the work of the classics. For example, the master of gray, the so-called “silver” color is considered to be Diego Velasquez. Just look with what refinement this genius of painting selects shades and color nuances, how ambiguous the colors of his paintings, what exquisite color vibrations come from his paintings!

Of course, this result can not be obtained immediately: attentiveness, observation and many hours of exercise in the Studio - this is the key to solving the problem. Let's take a closer look at what is next, here, cats, for example.


No kidding, have you ever, at least in early childhood, looked closely at the old wooden fence? And what did you see, besides bark beetles, old peeling paint and not always printed expressions written on it? And noticed the beautiful play of color: from green to sky-blue, from almost black to bright red? As they said, at the time, we, the students of teachers, in the classroom: "Forget that before you real objects: a set of shapes, colors and textures.” As a chemist presents reality in the form of formulas, the artist measures reality by his categories. Let's dive into this new, amazing reality together. Let's start with the difference in gray.


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