Colour Dynamics II

Painting the twelve-fold colour language of Aristotle and Rudolf SteinerAngela Lord

In this follow-up to her popular workbook Colour Dynamics, Angela Lord invites readers to futher deepen and extend their colour insights and ways of seeing.

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Colour affects us deeply. We can feel the soul of the world when immersed in colour. Imagine the sun shining through the pale greens of spring beech leaves with a cobalt blue sky above and shimmering bluebells below. You feel the world afresh and are renewed. Colour has enchanted you. You and colour are one. And you are ready to paint…

Colour Dynamics II is based on the ‘world alphabet’ of Aristotle’s categories, extended by Rudolf Steiner. Angela Lord offers a vivid approach to colour theory that will renew the way you see, experience and interpret the formative forces of colour, and to paint from the heart of each colour.

This is a useful resource for art students, painters, teachers, art therapists and interior designers. It enlivens Aristotle’s invitation to ‘delight in the senses’, by a renewed aesthetics that refreshes the soul as a counter to the digital, virtual, screen world.

Angela has been my painting teacher over many years, inspiring and enabling me to develop a growing sensitivity to the dynamics of colour and form, whilst providing me with the much-needed practical skills both for my own painting practice and for my teaching work with children. -Nick Vane, artist and retired Waldorf Teacher


    • How to use this book
    • Thinking in colours and forms
    • Overview of the 12 categories of Aristotle and Rudolf Steiner
    • The 12 categories as developed by Gerard and Elizabeth Wagner
    • The categories and the zodiac
    • Introducing each category, with painting exercises: Being, Appearance, Time, Space, Quantity, Quality, Doing/Activity, Suffering/passivity, Conduct, Position, Relation, Substance
    • References and further reading.

The Author

Angela Lord is an educator, painter, interior colour designer, muralist and art therapist. She has taught in state and Rudolf Steiner schools, in adult education, in teacher training in China and the Middle East. She has exhibited in Britain, Switzerland and New Zealand, and her Hawthorn Press titles include Colour Dynamics and Creative Form Drawing with Children.

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Angela Lord




112 pages


250 × 200 mm


Full colour throughout