Color is Relative from Dick Nelson

You may recognize the smoosh in the video below. This is the source and inspiration for all the content at colorisrelative.com. Dick Nelson who created this video and more at his vimeo channel studied with Josef Albers in the 1950’s. We are fortunate now that he is posting educational videos that illuminate our color sense.

Franklin: Come to your Senses!


I was asked by Dick Nelson to summarize my experience of his most recent class. At the same time, Franklin asked me to Come to my Senses!

Following other presentations on the senses, I shared revelations on the interaction of color that I learned in Nelson’s class and explained some of them using biological insights from Margaret Livingstone in her book “Vision and Art: Biology of Seeing”.

Tutorial for Cudra: Adobe Illustrator, making arrays

I tried to come by Cudra’s studio to show her how to make blends using Adobe Illustrator but didn’t have time. I thought others might benefit from this tutorial as well. Creating an Array is the start to creating artwork that leverages the beauty of halation. Arrays are simply blends of colors created in equal steps.

This tutorial shows you how to use the blend tool, the grid for clean placement, the selection tools, and finishes  with an example of simultaneous contrast.

32 Poles

With 32 Poles, I was going for a much more subtle effect than in the 3 other pole pages. By using a blue and orange that are complements and are closer in value and as well using a greater number of poles, the steps are more subtle and the effect is more powerful. Almost the entire row of 31 poles will appear orange when the last pole is selected and matches the background. And vis versa, when the far left pole is selected, the rest of the poles look blue.

In addition, the grid on the far left allows you to see the poles against a stronger blue and stronger orange than the extreme left and right poles. It also allows you to clear your eye fatigue by opting for a clear white, black or neutral gray background.