"Being an artist isn’t just a “right brain” activity---you must use ALL of your brain, body and spirit to create. When the creation is done, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts… and so is the creator." - Lyrae Perry

What’s your favorite color?

What’s  your favorite color?  My answer to that question has always been “the rainbow”—- huh?  This might be taken as a frustrating or  non-sequitur answer by some people, but I’m not kidding or being cheeky.  I love all colors and I’ve always had trouble picking just one favorite color.

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When I was a little kid, I began my quest to figure out why one color just didn’t do it for me.   Early on,  I noticed that my color preferences change frequently.  The attractiveness of color changes for me with the seasons, the weather,  inspiring scenes or other external influences.   For example, just two days ago, I was watching Shark Tank on TV, and in the background my eye catches a vase with flowers that’s out of focus and the color grouping  was really interesting.  I paused the show and got my watercolors out and painted the vase of flowers because I wanted to capture the thrill of the colors! Good thing I have a TV to myself….because I do this a lot and it takes me a long time to watch a half hour show sometimes…LOL

I realize my “rainbow” answer to that pesky question,  “What’s your favorite color?”, is truthful, but not especially helpful to the person asking the question. The reality is,  I love color groups and not just “a” color.  The “aha” moment for me happened in the bath towel department in Macy’s years ago.   I was standing in the aisle and admiring the huge wall of towels.   The individual towels are neatly folded and colors nearly always arranged like a rainbow from left to right, with tones and pastels arranged on the vertical axis.  The wall is so attractive to me that I can stand in front of that wall like a deer in the headlights for a long time.  It’s difficult choosing and actually BUYING towels because I like the all the colors.  I have to force myself to settle on one or two colors.   I take the towels home and hang them up, stand back for a look and usually feel really disappointed.  The  towels are pretty, but the colors are not “singing” anymore.

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Why?

Because all the other colors are missing!

It’s the full spectrum and relationship of colors to each other that’s thrilling to me.

And I’m a color junkie!!

 

 

I’ve been a student of color my whole life and it turns out that there’s a ton of scientific study done in this area that a lot of artists don’t have touch with.   There are many things about color that I want to share with you in future posts.

Today, I have a link with a picture of a spectrum of colors and a little color perception test.  The image and notes are by Diana Derval, a professor working on the science of consumer product marketing.  The science is studying color receptors in eyes.  You’ve heard that none of us sees anything the same..right?  I was surprised to learn just how big the range of color perception is, and how many people don’t see the full range.  It all has to do the with the number and type of color receptor cones in our eyes.

I’m a tetrachromat like the bees, and oddly enough, I don’t have a lot of yellow in my wardrobe!  This is super interesting and you’re going to love it…

Just for fun, have a look at the chart and count how many colors you can distinguish and let me know your number and your favorite color or colors !

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/25-people-have-4th-cone-see-colors-p-prof-diana-derval

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