Someone asked me the question (elsewhere, but seemed like a good topic) whether I think color theory or color in general important. They also briefly touched on the topic of “value vs. hue”. Value meaning how bright the color is and hue the actual color and how I approach it.
Personally, and this is pretty obvious (if you haven’t noticed you really should have), I am much more interested in value than hue. All my images are generally high contrast and have extremes. Both the pure white and pure black are everywhere in my art. I might have done some pieces where I didn’t try for maximum contrast, but those aren’t really the norm.
I personally haven’t studied much color theory or care about it. I have to use a color wheel whenever I want to use complimentary colors and all that jazz. Those cases are a more of a personal attempt to see if doing it the “right way” makes any difference.
In a word, no.
I find color theory, and I am sure most artists who have thought about it, a bit of a nebulous concept. It really is just a “theory” and doesn’t really mean anything. It’s highly dependent on the viewer’s tastes, culture and eyesight.
You really can’t get more subjective than that.
So, to answer the question second time. I really don’t care about color theory, and I care much more about value than hue. My maxim is that the image should “read” decently in black & white. Even though I don’t think most of my images look good in B&W.
Also, if all is going to go well, I’ll post a quick piece tonight. It’s a picture of my new pet. I call him “Mr. Mouthy”.