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Color Relativity: Creating The Illusion Of Light With Paint

ISBN: 9780578399997
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Kami Mendlik
Pages: 200
Trim: 11 x 11 inches
Published: 8/15/2022


Do your colors often turn out muddy, chalky, or flat? Do they look great on your mixing palette but dull on canvas? Have you ever felt terrified to scrape away a color because you weren't confident you could mix it again?

You're not alone. Achieving rich, luminous colors that dance against each other is the stuff of painters' dreams, but it's not easy without a process. We see the color in our mind, but how do we mix and apply it in harmony with the rest of the painting?

The answer is color relativity. By realizing that a color only appears a certain way because of the color next to it, you unlock a whole new world. No color stands alone, whether in real life or on canvas.

In this book, master painter Kami Mendlik distills color relativity into a simple, yet transformative, step-by-step strategy that will imbue your paintings with radiant light and atmosphere.

You'll learn how to:

  • Use the primary palette to create stronger color harmony
  • Simplify shapes into color averages to create dynamic color relationships
  • Avoid common color dilemmas
  • Identify and use the properties of color to create the illusion of light
  • Mix primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in a systematic, intentional way

Say goodbye to fear, confusion, and frustration when it comes to color. By applying Kami's unique strategy for both seeing and mixing any color, you'll soon be able to paint color relativity with confidence and bring your paintings to life.


KAMI MENDLIK is an award-winning landscape painter and the founder of the St. Croix River School of Painting, where she specializes in teaching representational painting with an emphasis on color. Kami's paintings have been both juried and invited to exhibit in national and international exhibitions, including museums across the country, and she's taught classes around the world. Her current studio, located on a sixteen-acre farm, is inspirational to countless students.

Kami has become one of today's most sought-after painting instructors; her unique strategy creates the illusion of light and form through learning to see color relativity with a simple limited palette. Her emphasis on teaching the properties of color and how they relate to one another in an approachable, understandable way has been a game changer for both new and experienced painters.


“Color’s exciting. Color gets all the attention. But it’s complex and every time you put one color beside another, it shifts. It works in relationship. Color Relativity offers you a path to understanding color. A comprehensive guide to master color and enhance your painting.”  — Ian Roberts, author of Mastering Composition.