For the last twelve years I have been teaching color workshops. I started out teaching traditional color theory to polymer artists. I did what most color books do – I just rehashed the standard stuff. Students struggled and I went back to my studio thinking something is wrong. So I experimented and taught some more. Came home, experimented, and taught some more. I slowly changed what I taught and started calling my workshops “Smashing Color Theory” because so much of traditional theory is incomplete, misleading or just plain wrong. Now I teach what I currently believe really works. And even that keeps changing.
Every time I teach someone asks “When will your book on Smashing Color come out?” I always respond the same way, “I don’t know – I learn something new every time I teach.”
So before writing that book, this blog will be my way of sharing what I learn. I will post a “Color Tutorial” every Monday and tidbits on color once or twice a week. . . information and inspiration.
I plan to have all my exercises, handouts, charts and instructions available for free once they are published on the blog. The catch is . . . they will probably change every time I teach. And I want feedback. What works for you and what doesn’t.
This summer a student accused me of color heresy. I agreed. Some of what I post will be traditional, some of it will be smashing and some of it will be heresy. I hope you have fun with all of it!