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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 23:09:14 -0500

Please help clear up a color terminology problem:

It is my belief that primary colors are red, yellow, and blue and that
secondary colors are orange, green, and violet. Furthermore, it is my
belief that violet is the secondary color while purple is a crayon color.
But from here it gets slightly less clear for me.

What is the name of a color which is the result of mixing a primary color
with a secondary color, like red-orange or blue-violet?

Johannes Itten in THE ART OF COLOR, and David A. Lauer in DESIGN BASICS

Laura H. Chapman in ADVENTURES IN ART, and Rosalind Ragans in ARTTALK, and
Guy Hubbard in ART IN ACTION, all call these INTERMEDIATE COLORS.

My WEBSTER'S NEW COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY doesn't mention intermediate colors,
but does say that a TERTIARY COLOR is a color produced by mixing two
secondary colors.

What do you think? Any other source suggestions?


Mark Alexander
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031