Dioxine Purple Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue Thalo Cyan Blue Turquoise transparent Green Opaque Thalo Green
Burnt Umber Real Color Wheel in Pigments CenterW Permanent Green Light
Burnt Sienna Top Space
Venetian Red Yellow Green Opaque CENTER
Yellow Oxide bottom SPACE
Naples Yellow Light Green Gold Transparent Bottom
Magenta Rembrandt Rose Cadmium Red Medium Cadmium Orange Indian Yellow Gold transparent Cadmium Yellow Medium Cadmium Yellow Pale
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January 27, 2013

Real Color Wheel
Articles, Reviews and Press Releases
Don Jusko

Gold Coast and Sketchpad articles.

Don Jusko Lahaina Giclee
840 Wainee St. E-8
Lahaina- Maui
Hawaii 96761

Subject: Review of Real Color Wheel System
Dear Mr. Jusko:
I was delighted to receive your Real Color Wheel system for review.
Below is a copy of my review for your perusal. Upon approval this will be submitted this week to TCM reviews for publication.

(name on file) a.k.a Qetesh
Freelance Writer/ Reviewer

Real Color Wheel
Donald A. Jusko
Non-Fiction, Art

Reviewer's Name : Qetesh
Email Address: (Email on file)
Title of Publication: Real Color Wheel
Author: Don Jusko
Copyright- Don Jusko
Genre: Art

Artist Don Jusko has devised a new color system that will revolutionize the way artists view and use color. His system uses 36 hues that have been derived from a keen observation of nature and how the elements in crystalline structures combine to create neutral darks. This system is unique because it does not rely on black pigment to mix shadow colors, which often results in poor mixes, muddied color blends and dull lifeless tones.

He has a full training course for the New Color Wheel online at

You will not only learn about his color system. He has step-by-step painting instruction and tips that illustrate his proven system in action. Whether you are a photographer, digital artist, novice painter or seasoned professional, you will find something of value to enhance your work. Detailed color analysis, paint formulas used by the old masters, and aerial perspective color analysis are just a few of the many items that he provides that are invaluable to the serious artist.

The beauty of this system is that it produces vibrant, correct color mixes and it is simple to learn and teach. You will not be left alone as you learn. He hosts a forum for anyone using his system where you can ask questions, gain further help and guidance as well as post your own experiences. For a meager fee you can purchase a laminated copy of his color wheel and a CD (DVD now) of his entire course to have on hand as valuable reference tool. This is a groundbreaking achievement for color theory that will change the way artists view and mix color.

Real Color Wheel, October 20, 2012/ Press Release/-
Don Jusko's Real Colorwheel, a Revolutionary Transition of Colors

Don Jusko, is a renowned artist and on location painter has discovered and pursued a unique theory of the color wheel. His colorwheel is exceptional in that it joins the pigment and light colors for the first time. This is the only and first ever hue diagram where opposite colors mix into a neutral black.

One of the fascinating elements in this world is color. They bring life to everything and make each inimitable color distinct. There had been many theories presented in the past from many centuries that talk about the basic primary colors as red, blue and yellow. With my passion for art ever since my childhood, I have strong connections to colors and to our surroundings. My discovery leads to a new generation of theory that changes the way color is used and viewed. Don Jusko.

The Real Color Wheel exemplifies a distinguished pattern that utilizes 3, 6, 12, 24, 36 or 108 colors, drawn from a dedicated observation of nature and how the elements in crystalline structures unite to generate neutral dark.

No black pigment is needed to blend shadows or shades of color, instead it reveals an original structure of opposing transparent, transparent/opaque and opaque pigments that make neutral dark as a transparent or opaque.

This colorwheel uses the transparent primary colors of Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. Secondary or complementary/opposite colors, plus, the split-complemantary colors, mix to make a neutral dark, removing the need for neutral black. Everyone can access this diagram online and learn its application. You also have access to step-by-step painting instructions and tips on how to use this diagram in painting. It improves your work when you can mix any color you see in front of you.

This innovative color scheme is available free to print yourself or purchase with 5mm of lamination.

Don Jusko is an artist on location painter on Maui, 4-28-15. I've recorded 35 years of my painting notes and tips of paintings done only on location. Please visit

About Real Color Wheel
Real Color Wheel (RCW) exemplifies a distinguished pattern that utilizes 36 colors with oppositions drawn from a dedicated observation of nature and how the elements in crystalline structures unite to generate neutral darks. His study is one-of-a-kind as it does not utilize black pigments to blend shadow shades.

More about the Real Color Wheel;
Paint Color Wheel, Color Wheel, Pigment Color Wheel
Evolution of Color Wheel Theory

Color theory is a formal representation of how colors are mixed together and how they interact. Although it was said that it existed in the earliest days, the said study was credited to Newton and continued with the work of Itten. Da Vinci's notes have shown his discovery of the premise. But the majority of color theorists have pointed to Isaac Newton as the main developer of the principle, his study reveals the phenomenon of colors in the late 1660s. He then experimented with elements of light and that resulted in his color theory in 1672.

Newton's premise of color reveals that objects possess a definite hue due to their absorption and reflection of various wavelengths of light. His color wheel chart demonstrated that Red, Yellow and Blue are primaries. Those were the most obvious colors from a prism. No one had interceded Newton's system until Johann Wolfgang Goethe came along. In 1810, he pursued the emotional impact of color to people. He, as a scientist and a writer as well, reformulated the premise of the system in a new way. Based on his hypothesis, color variables are affected by light and a person's perception.

Another popular artist in color history was Johannes Itten, a Swiss painter. As Newton lead to the discovery of the premise, Itten followed it with his development. He emphasized the tones contrasting properties as well as its emotional attributes. He developed the "color chords" concept and modified the color system. IT'S WRONG, nothing works using red, yellow and blue as the primary colors.

"Color is life, for a world without color seems dead. As a flame produces light, light produces color". As intonation lends color to the spoken word, color lends spiritually realized sound to form." said Johannes Itten.

It took a long time after that for the renowned artist Don Jusko to succeeded with the controversial paint color wheel of many theorists. His inception of the Real Color Wheel shows the oppositions of 36 hues that have been derived from his observation of nature, they match elements in crystals and combine to form shadow colors.
Through the years, the concept of color has been developed to show how they affect the physical and emotional world. This color system assists people who are involved in color and how they can enhance their work. How the colors get darker naturally, matching the color elements that make color crystals and color pigments.

About the Author:

The Real Color Wheel was incepted in 1996 by Don Jusko, a popular artist on Maui, Hawaii. His Pigment Color Wheel uses opposing colors to mix shadow colors. To view his Paint Color Wheel, please visit
Color Wheel, Paint Color Wheel

Real Color wheel, November 15, 2012/ Press Release/-

Don Jusko's discovery of the new color wheel reveals the use of opposing colors to produce a neutral dark. This avant garde Real Color Wheel is genuine and exceptional for its theory that relies on the application of opposing colors in order to mix shadow colors. This is an important turning point for people who are engaged in photography, artists and painters as well as students and teachers.

The RCW uses opposition colors to darken shadow colors. It is original and one-of-a-kind, different from the other studies in past years as it matches the way the elements of colored crystals get darker. That is why it's been called the "crystal color wheel". It represents how the colors of these elements are made as they get dimmer.

This means that the old theory of the color wheel (red, yellow, blue) is erroneous as it does not darken the way nature and crystals do. The old oppositions don't mix to a neutral black which should be a combination of RCW oppositions. The old oppositions depend on adding black pigment or subtracting light colors because mixing them only makes brown, not black. Getting dimmer to black, with black, has an inaccurate effect on pigments. "Anyone engaged in art must try this and see how much your work improves mixing your own dark colors." Don Jusko.

The Real Color Wheel is useful for matching pigments in order to come out with the dark shade by mixing complements. Basically it works by mixing shadows and tones without utilizing black pigment. The RCW shows 18 various complement sets and 648 split complement sets.

Presently is gaining popularity worldwide. More and more artists, painters and even universities are teaching this concept of color wheel to many students. It has been presented to the San Francisco Academy of Art University students in their color theory program, International Middle School of Geneva, Switzerland was the first to implement it. Western Kentucky University, Northern Arizona University, BYU, Glenn Carleton College, United Arab Emirates University and more now teach this color theory. People are becoming aware and appreciated this study. I am glad how they can also appreciate it in their own artwork. Anyone indulged in painting on location, photographers and those who take art seriously as their work or hobby will surely gain usefulness of the Painting color wheel.

To view painting galleries of his work, applications, painting tips and styles, and to know more about him and his craft, please visit

Don Jusko
All About Color, the Real Color Wheel
Submitted by: Allen Loyer

Color is used in variety of concepts, definitions and applications. Through proper arrangement, we can classify groups according to their hues and we can correlate relationships among them.

Since myriads of artists and scientists have revealed various studies on color meanings, this color wheel offers a visual understanding of a new theory, and assists many interior designers, painters, illustrators and other artists to create work that can influence the visual impact and mood of the onlooker. This Real Color Wheel is used mixing paint colors. It allows the user to understand and know how colors match nature's colors. In the circular RCW wheel, primaries are composed of transparent Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. They are used in paintings and mixing pigments. Since these hues are fundamental, they can be combined or mixed with other colors. They are the original source where all the other colors came from. Secondary colors pertain to Red, Blue and Green. They are produced by combining two of the primary colors each. The tertiary colors of the Real Color Wheel are, Orange, Scarlet, Purple, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise and Yellow-green. They are formed by mixing the primary and secondary colors together to form in-between colors.

Color wheel or color circle is the conceptual illustrative organization of color. It illustrates the relationships among primary, secondary, tertiary and complementary hues. It is founded on the main principle of the three basic colors, transparent yellow, transparent magenta and and transparent cyan which are the basis of color.

In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton proposed the first diagram of colors which is still being taught today, his color theory is composed of red, yellow and blue. they are the only obvious colors in the prism and the wrong colors for the pigment artist to conceder primary.

With harmony, color, music, poetry or anything else that portrays a pleasant outcome, is possible. But when it comes to the painting arts, it pertains to something which is pleasurable to the eyes. Because of this, it can call the attention of the viewer and can produce a sense of classification making them appear balanced and organized. A color harmony therefore can be created based on analogous and complimentary colors of nature. In the RCW color wheel, color schemes are natural.

Arts have never been the same since this color theory. The color circle enables many to understand how to carefully use the hues in everyday life, whether it is in arts of architecture and design or the simple classification of objects around us.


Ground breaking discovery of Don Jusko's Real Color Wheel.
Artist Don Jusko from Hawaii has devised a new color scheme that will modernize the way artists, art teachers and other art students see and use color. His discovery utilizes 36 colors which based on his studies were drawn from a dedicated observation of nature and how the elements in crystalline structures unite to generate neutral dark.

Jusko's system is exceptional and is a modern approach to the standard color wheel because it does not rely on black pigment to mix shadow colors. The old theory has resulted in poor mixtures of colors, muddied shade blends and boring lifeless hues. His theory shows a genuine color structure that shows the mixture of opposing colors mix true shadow colors or neutral dark.

This is the first real color wheel in art history and that makes it one of the best theories done ever. It is an avant-garde color diagram that matches the elements and the way elements get darker in crystals. This revolutionary hue system was developed in the year 1996 to provide relevance to artists who are working on location. It is also designed to offer a useful application to anyone working with colors.

Don Jusko's real color wheel is the first ever that uses transparent primary colors, secondary and complement colors are all used to mix neutral dark, thus eliminating the addition of black pigment. His study can be accessed online on his website where artists and aspiring painters, art teachers and students will have knowledge and application of his hypothesis.

The advanced diagram clearly shows step-by-step painting instructions and advises how to use his color wheel in real painting work. The website also exemplifies how his system can be applied in real-time whether you are art instructor, digital artist, photographer, student or beginner painter, his RCW system is very useful and will improve your artwork.

Jusko's site also shows the history of artists, their theories, techniques and how they implicated their studies in the development of art through the ages. You will also see and learn various paint formulas used by the old masters and why transparent yellow has always been important. See detailed color analysis and aerial perspective color examination that is very useful to every budding or professional artist.

The difference and the uniqueness of his real color wheel is that it creates vivacious and accurate color blending of various hues, it is easy to learn and teach and doesn't require much time. Since he released his color wheel he actively promotes its utilization, and regularly hosts a forum for everyone interested in his system. Anyone can ask questions, and gain assistance and learning. This revolutionary scheme is available for purchase to anyone interested to try his work. The laminated copy of his color wheel (he 's 73 now,2015) comes with a DVD where you can learn the entire course and it would serve as a practical tool for your next painting or art job.

Don Jusko's real colorwheel is a ground breaking theory that revolutionizes how colors are mixed and used. It has been useful in many applications such as with art instructors, digital artists, photographers, beginner painters and students, it is gaining popularity around the world.

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On May 29, 2007, at 4:54 AM, clea lauriault wrote:
Hi Don,
I'm an artist with an MFA in printmaking from UT Knoxville. I teach Art Fundamentals and 2-d design at a Florida community college. I love your site and want to be registered.

I just learned today that the San Francisco Academy of Art University is teaching my color wheel in it's Color Theory Program. It all started in 2002 with the International Middle School of Geneva, Switzerland. Western Kentucky University was the first U.S. university to support, commend and subscribe to the Real Color Wheel.

2-24-08, In the past thirty days Northern Arizona University, BYU, Glenn Carleton College, Pittsford Sutherland High School, Imperial College London, University of New South Wales, Kennesaw State University, York College of The City University of New York, Lausanne Collegiate School and United Arab Emirates University have requested the Real Color Wheel course or color wheel.
Dick Goebel
Senior ISR Program Manager
SRA International, Inc
3434 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Doug/Gordon Morton
72 Studio
Photography & Graphic Design

On Apr 28, 2009, at 3:35 AM, wdm wrote:
Re: free tif RCW from sitetreehtm, WDM lighting designer working in television.
Good morning,
I am interested in receiving a copy of the real colorwheel. I am a lighting designer working in television. I program a lot of LED lights using RGB values. I need to start learning a bit more color theory. I have been using your wheel on your site but it would be much easier to have the file up on my desktop.

Subject: Re: freeEMchartbyRCW, Niko Aarne, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Date: April 24, 2009 9:33:53 AM HST
On Apr 24, 2009, at 12:42 AM, Aarne Niko wrote:
Could I have a link to this magnificent piece of art.
Niko Aarne, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

From: "Kristin Cotrufello"
Date: April 23, 2009 5:38:41 AM HST
Your site is so great.
I'm going to camp out there when I'm not suppose to be working.
There is a ton of impressive information. Thank you for you laborious research and documentation.
I would like a color wheel file to print for an upcoming acrylic class in May, please.
If the file is larger than 2MB, it may not come through but we may get lucky...
I've had people send me big whopping 6MB power point presentations with fuzzy puppies, cats and ducklings (everyone has at least one friend that does that!)
Take Care,
Kristin Cotrufello | Reimbursements

On Apr 15, 2009, at 10:09 PM, Jordy wrote:
Please can you send me both CMYK and RGB wheels?
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*Jordy van Geldorp*
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Glenn Xavier, DTR, Teya Technologies
Date: March 30, 2009 10:23:26 AM HST
On Mar 30, 2009, at 9:41 AM, Xavier, Glenn F CTR USAF ACC ACC/A7PP wrote:
Mr. Jusko -- Please send me your real color wheel cmyk plotter profile.
You've done a fantastic job as a color scientist and artist and I'd like to use your real color wheel as my source for all future color matching!
Glenn Xavier, CTR
Teya Technologies

Ryan - Teacher, Don
Date: March 28, 2009 6:25:49 PM HST
On Mar 28, 2009, at 5:12 PM, Ryan wrote:
Great and informative! I'd like to get the zip so i can print out a chart for a painting workshop I'm teaching in April. I'm 21 and just started painting a year ago so I'd appreciate any help I can get, one reason I'm allowed to teach is because I've done intensive research pertaining to all aspects of painting.

Student from a university in Columbia had to make an RCW as a first year lesson, he sent me an email.

My name is Karla de la Cerda, I work with pathogens and used your chart for comparing my fungi :).
Thank you VERY much for your help,
Karla de la Cerda
University of Guelph
School of Environmental Biology
Guelph, Canada

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