Chromosphere: The Color Theory Podcast

This podcast centers on my research and understanding of color, color usage, and optics as they relate to theories of human color perception in the making of visual art and design.

The study of color theory attempts to understand and predict human physiological, psychological, and phenomenological responses to the sensation and perception of individual colors, color combinations and usages in terms of optics and the contexts in which colors occur. Color Space systems strive to produce consistency and continuity of the representation and reproduction of colors within, and across distinct and differentiating media and replication processes. 

By Ed Charbonneau, an artist (drawing and painting focus), an adjunct faculty member in the Foundation and Fine Arts Departments at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a Contracted Faculty of Practice in the Department of Art and Design at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. (Content expressed does not reflect the views of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design or Concordia University.)

For inquiries, please email Ed Charbonneau: ed.charbonneau[at]

Mary Gartside and the Colour Ball: A Correction
Season 2, episode 9, April 2023 (season final)

Focal Points and the Roots of Abstraction, part 1
Season 2, episode 8, March 2023


Red, White, Gray, and Black
Season 2, episode 7, February 2023


No Science and No Math
Season 2, episode 6, January 2023


Color Theory and the Grocery Store
Season 2, episode 5, December 2022


Harmony part 3: A New Canon
Season 2, episode 4, November 2022


Harmony part 2
Season 2, episode 3, October 2022


Harmony part 1
Season 2, episode 2, September 2022


Primary Colors part 3
Season 2, episode 1, August 2022