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James S. Aiken
oil on paper
Many beginning painting classes start with a color wheel exercise like this one to help artists see color relationships and understand how they work together. A traditional color wheel is developed by mixing the primary pigments yellow, red, and blue to create secondary (primary + primary) and tertiary (primary + secondary) colors. Aiken develops his own color wheel using ochre (earth tone yellow), red, and blue oil paint.
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James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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