Review: Portfolio: Beginning Color Mixing: Tips and techniques for mixing vibrant colors and cohesive palettes by Kimberly Adams

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Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Author: Kimberly Adams
Released: April 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Portfolio: Beginning of Color Mixing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Beginning of Color Mixing has got to be one of the most vibrant and beautiful art guides I’ve read in quite some time, which I feel like is saying something. The artist, Kimberly Adams, certainly has full right to be teaching others about color theory and mixing colors, based on the artwork shown in this book. Half the time I found myself distracted by her beautiful work, only to remember I was supposed to be reading the book…

This guide is wonderfully comprehensive, from cover the basics (like setting up a workspace and how to understand a color wheel), to color placement and individual tips on the use of many different colors. I want to say there are about three to four pages for the most common colors used, and the artwork that goes along with each guide is both beautiful and supportive.

Also included are some tips and tricks for painting from life, with some really fantastic step by step images showing the progression of a few different pieces of her work. I particularly loved these images – seeing how Kimberly Adams layered the paintings was both fascinating and informative.

I really enjoyed reading this guide by Kimberly Adams, and I would love to see more of her work. I’ll be honest and say that I hadn’t heard of her before this, but can now safely say she’s gained a new fan.

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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