FUN with Color Theory!!!

 

color

theory is one of my favorite topics,  so when i hear a proclamation for the love of yellow and distaste for red; i feel compelled to discuss that there is yellow in red...  well some times..

to understand this we need to ponder that mixing light and mixing pigment are very different ways of mixing color.

we are taught in school that there are the 3 primary colors; red, blue and yellow.   It's a bit more complicated than that.

thEre are 2 differnt paletes for mixing colors; one is light based and the other pigment based.   This is comparing the colors projected from a computer screen or TV (red green blue) to the colors created by mixing colors with paint or on a printer (cyan magenta yellow )

For some of us we remember being a kid and getting real close to the TV even though we weren't supposed to.  we discovered little dots of color, which when farther away make a succinct moving image.  it is the same with a computer screen.

Now you know the cartridges you buy for your printer? these are the basics of mixing pigment. Cyan, yellow and magenta.  We could make black from these but we usually have a separate black cartridge because of all the black a typical printer produces.

interestingly when you equally mix all colors of light you see white light, when you mix all shades of pigmented color you get black.

diffused natural daylight is the most neutral light that will not impose an added tint to the physical objects color. This is why you often see photographers shooting outside on an overcast day, or outside on a bright day with an added diffuser over their subject.

the way a prism or a rainbow works is by refracting the white light so you can see all of the colors that make up white light.  In a rainbow it is the water in the air that does this, which is why rainbows often occur after rain and particularly often in humid climates like Hawaii! 

 

YEY .. Fun with Color theory!

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Lisa Yuskavage...Women painting women

 

Lisa Yuskavage at David zwirner  

 

LOVED this

 

similar to john currin in the technique and with a recognizable figurative distortion. with yuskavages work i feel like its as if divinci suddenly discovered disneyworld and then came back to brooklyn to look for figurative muses.  The technique is apparent while infused with this bursts of colorful and figures with playful eccentricity

 

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Color Poems for the Blind

 

Yellow

 

Calm 

Bright

Warm

 

The warmth touches you 

On the cheek 

On the shoulder

 

Sitting

 

In the park

You hear a puppy meander by

Also

A birds song

 

Sitting

 

On the beach

You feel sand between your toes

Also

Water on your ankles

 

The warmth touches you 

On the cheek

On the shoulder

 

Warm

Bright

Calm

 

Yellow

Color Poems for the Blind

 

Orange

 The color of perseverance

Warm 

Invigorating 

Reassuring

The color of a mothers love

The color of friendship

Easy to spot

Hard to distinguish