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.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any 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. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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