Primordial Ideas and Deeper Mysteries

Color Wheel From Wikipedia

Color Wheel From Wikipedia

Judy Coates Perez has been mentioned in my blog a number of times. I appreciate her creative talents, her energy, and her generous spirit. So I bought one of her DVDs during the Christmas season as a gift to myself, and I enrolled in her Color Theory online class. That class begins today, and already I have declared mysef a Color Devotee. What do I mean by that?

Well, it was a quote by Mark McCauley, from his book COLOR THERAPY AT HOME: real-life solutions for adding color to your life (Rockport Publishers Inc., 2000) that got me started:

Ultimately, we don’t color our home, color is our home. Color impacts every waking second of our lives. (Introduction p.5)

We all know color because, as McCauley said, we live in it, it’s our home. We know it like a fish knows water. Just because we are constantly immersed in something doesn’t mean we are consciously aware of it, however. In fact, we often tune out what is always there, take it for granted.  Johannes Itten, a famous color theorist whose profound insights into color have influenced artists and art schools everywhere, said:

Color affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.

I am declaring myself a Color Devotee (that sounds so much better than groupie)! I have spent some time studying it, but I am always open to revelations of its deeper mysteries. I especially love color surprises: when several, or many, transparent color washes produce some hues that would be a tremendous challenge to reproduce!

Itten also said:

Color is life; for a world without color appears to us as dead. Colors are primordial ideas, the children of light.

That is definitely a statement to file under the “deeper mysteries” category. No wonder color moves us so profoundly.

And as a clipping for the Itten trivia file, you can buy a Mondaine Johannes Itten Watch with a color wheel on its face.

By the way, for an EXCELLENT color resource, see Katherine Tyrell‘s Colour~Resources for Artists on Squidoo.

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Primordial Ideas and Deeper Mysteries

  1. tammy vitale says:

    I cllicked over to Katherine Tyrell’s resources and I must say that’s about all any one would need to work from for a year or three. I don’t usually think about studying color…merely use the warm/cool stuff on the color wheel…now you have me all intrigued and/but I have promised myself not another thing on my plate right now (while my brain says: but you want to do abstract…think of the possibilities of color in abstracts)…you’re an artist. you know how it goes. Thanks so much for this wonderful post and for sharing all this info!

  2. Pingback: Color All Around Us « Silverspring Studio

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