30" x 40" deep, gallery wrapped canvas
Like most children, I learned about color with a box of crayons. You know that box of 64 was one of the best gifts a kid could receive in my opinion. The thing is, my color learning stopped right there with that box of sixty-fours until I was a college student studying interior design. I adored color and found myself having strong opinions on the subject. From a design (interiors, graphic, industrial, architectural, etc.) standpoint, color can become a huge player in ones work. It is what most people identify with.
Then, along came computers with an additional needed understanding of color. But wait a minute we already know about this color and light thing. We have to understand the effect of light on color, so all of the computer color stuff stands to reason. But it wasn't until I could honestly manipulate color myself with pigments did the full impact of this valuable tool hit me. With color, I feel as though I can make so many things happen.
Now, for me, it is all about control. When you pull together an interior space, you typically are using colors which are controlled by other people and nature. You might choose fabric from one designer and furniture finishes from another. Then nature tosses in her two cents and the designer needs to make it all work together. This is a great challenge and a very rewarding part of the design process. But it is the artist, who can control color with just the slightest manipulation, who can pull these colors all together with the touch of a particular formula of pigment. Yes, it is even the artists in the designer who does contends with color in the design.
Don't get me wrong, it takes so much more than color to make a work of art or a design become cohesive. But color is a very strong element which draws so many people into a work.
You can probably tell, in this Horizon series, I have spent a lot of time exploring what effects colors have on each other as well as what effects light has on color. There is so much more to explore...
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