Color Master: Dick Nelson
Dick Nelson deconstructed my sense of color. After his 8 week course I was for the first time able to look at colors and begin to understand how much of the three primaries each contained. I was able to understand how luminosity was created by combining colors of similar families. He taught me about halation.
He is also the creator of the color matrix.
Dick Nelson grew up in Hawai‘i, and after graduating from Yale University, returned home to become Chairman of the Art Department at Punahou High School in Honolulu. For 22 years, he taught everything from life drawing to art history, and of course, his passion, watercolor.
“It’s the quality of luminosity which intrigues me, and my love of seeing through one color to another, ” explains Nelson.
He is creator of the now famous Tri-Hue watercolor technique, wherein all the colors on the finished painting emerge by mixing only three colors on the palette. Since his retirement over 25 years ago, he has made Maui his home and continued his passion for education, becoming both teacher and mentor to a generation of Maui artists. [more]
Some words on Dick Nelson:
…one of Maui’s most respected artists…
… a brilliant colour guru who pontificates from a high volcano on Maui.
…opened up my mind to new ways of looking at the world …one of Hawaii’s greatest painters and teachers
He recently taught a workshop in Hilo. His greatest claim to fame may however be that he is the second most senior alumni to share honors with Barack Obama as a distinguished alumn of Punahou High School where he taught art.
The following video about “Eye Fatigue” is from his talk at the SOURCE ARTstorm at the Hui in Maui in 2009:
The following video about “The True Primary Colors” is also from SOURCE ARTstorm: