What Do Colors Really Do?

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What Do Colors Really Do?

550.00

RICHARD FRUMESS
Wednesday & Thursday
May 29 & 30
10am - 4pm

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Weds & Thurs
May 29 & 30
10am - 4pm
2 Sessions

The purpose of this workshop is to give an unusual approach to color theory by understanding how the specific pigments and mediums that you work with in your studio affect color relationships. We will experiment with the different aspects of pigments – their opacity, temperature, saturation, and value and see how they play crucial roles in mixing and color composition.  We will also look at how different mediums, the absorbent properties of grounds, and the diffusing nature of texture can either radically or subtly affect the characteristics of colors and how they interact with light. 

The conversation will bring us to the “mechanics” of color:

  • How the opaque or translucent characteristics of a pigment make its color brighter or deeper, muted or vivid

  •  How the characteristics of pigments affect color relationships and mixing

  • How light influences color

The concepts examined in this workshop will provide tools for your own exploration of color in your studio and help you understand how to make more purposeful choices in contrast, texture, balance, and harmony.  

*PLEASE NOTE: Additional materials list/fees may apply


Richard Frumess has been manufacturing encaustic commercially since 1982. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints. For the last several years he has been developing a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic paint – its lightfastness, adhesiveness, aging, and characteristics of raw materials. Many of these tests have never been carried out on a systematic basis until now. Richard has been working in collaboration with industry experts, conservators, and materials scientists.