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Optical vs. Painting

The past few weeks I have been discussing various forms of proportion. I could most likely swap between “proportion” with the word “perception”. How we actually see. Very subjective and not at all objective. As I have established previously, we can all be in front of the same view and each and everyone of us can capture it differently giving it totally a different meaning by the relationship of parts of composition or by giving certain domination of color either in foreground or in the background.

Even definitions are questions of perception.

“Sea View 1” – Ink on Quality 200gm A-5 Paper @ Barbara Adler Art 2020

Sir Isaac Newton invented the first color wheel. While studying white light reflecting off prisms, he noticed the light reflected a spectrum of colors. Newton believed that the rainbow of colors shared a harmonious relationship.

“Acrogali (1) – Watercolor on Quality Paper 200gm 15/30 cm @Barbara Adler Art 2021

Fast-forward to the paint industry, we have discovered the 3 basic colors: red (magenta), yellow and blue. The complementary colors are a mixture of these three basic colors: purple= blue+ red. Orange=red +yellow. Green= blue + yellow. Lighter hues are made with adding white and darker hues are made by adding black. Various shades of green are made by adding more or less yellow. Like wise when preparing shades of burgundy, violet or deep purple; the amount of reds vs. the amount of blue. The paint itself is basically made up of a medium (oil based as in oil paints, water based as in water colors or acrylic based that is a water based acrylic resin that once harden is irreversible) adding the color pigments.

Now, I am not a photographer, though I have studied basic photography. One of the most curious debates that I had with fellow art students that majored in photography was the 3 basic colors of the color scale. It turns out, that in developing color photography, the three basic colors are red, yellow and green!

So here we have two totally different definitions to the color scale. Even the definition of color is a question of perception.

Enjoy color no matter your perception.

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