Getting to the mood with Color

     The alarm clock goes off and you reach to swat the off button. After a few moans and groans, you rub your eyes to awaken them, and swing yourself into that upright sitting position. While scratching your head to groom your pillow hairstyle, you peer out the window to discover the sky has a dull ash grayish cast. Your mind paints a thought of gloom, and your voice utters those notable words of— it sucks outside!

     In the history of art, and especially during the twentieth century, color became a more prevalent medium used by artists. In their artwork, they would blend certain color properties in order to achieve a type of visual effect.

     Science’s description of color designates the specific: all principal characteristics of a color are either subjectively or objectively. The Subjective method refers to hue or term for the color; saturation or sometimes known as chroma is the richness of a hue, and the brightness or referred to as value of a color is measured from dim to bright for a source or from black to white for an opaque object.

     For the color description using the Objective system, the similar properties are dominant in the wave-length, purity, and luminance. But researchers have found colors have different meanings in various cultures, and even our Western societies. They affect our thoughts, actions, moods, and emotions.

     But today in the U.S., their studies reveal what the effects are communicated with the usage of color. Like taxes and death, there is no escape from color. Pick the colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Purple, Gray, Brown, White or Black, you want and need to enjoy those magical lifts they provide.

     There is a color that can turn your rainy day to sunshine, sweating body to a dry coolness, and even wrap your shivering fingers and toes in a blanket of warmth. To learn more, search away on the symbolism of color.

Published by on February 2011. Filed under Archives, Art-to-Art Palette Journal, Bugle Section. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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