Quite possibly it is the time of the year, although we have had a beautiful (almost spring like) day here today, but I have been thinking about color a lot. Maybe it is because I am still looking for that cord to download the photos from my camera (tomorrow) and I have been playing around with a lot of fun hues on my current canvas - I am not sure! Anyway, in thinking about how colors mean different things to different people, I remembered a photo I had taken just a year ago in Paris. The weather was quite warm that January day, there were so many American tourist around. My daughter and I were walking along and there was a lovely restaurant front sparkling away in the dusk of late afternoon. Of course I had to snap a photo! I did not get the impression this was holiday decorations as the colors were more spring like than winter. But the lights, glass balls and twigs just seemed to work just right for that moment. Isn't color like that?
It is wonderful how nature works in concert to create the most incredible color combinations. And in the case of the Paris restaurant, how color can change the mood when it is unexpected. I dare say if I had seen this same front, though, in full sun I would have been impressed. Why? Well, it was the light that made the difference...as it always does with color.
And color helps color, too. For example, this photo of the marzipan...
without the green the red would not appear as delicious! As we all know, this is using color to the max.
I have always been attracted to clear jewel tones. It doesn't matter if it is in a painting, my clothes or an interior...these are the colors I naturally gravitate to. Even in the last period of browns and more muted hues, I have stuck with black and jewel tones. Thankfully, these colors are returning! How wonderful is that?
Have you ever considered what your choice of color means? While color forecasters and color therapist have a good idea, I think it is an individual issue...and maybe a collective one since there are some relationships to popular colors and the economy.
Ah well, it is all interesting stuff! Elements of art interest us all, but I have a soft spot in my heart for this subject of color.