Celadon, Chartreuse, Avocado, Hunter, Kelly, and Mint: All colors that belong to this primary color? Green. Yes, you are correct. This happened to be an example of a recent Middle School Quiz Bowl question. Even for middle schoolers, this proved to be an easy question. Why? We use color terms to describe and communicate. Take these sayings for example, “Well, those are some very “colorful” words!” “She has a colorful personality.” “I’m feeling blue.” “I was caught red-handed.” or “I’m Tickled Pink” The reference to color is all around us! We link meaning with color. But, what is color, really?
One definition of color is described as the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light. At first glance, the subject of color may seem simplistic conversation, but it is far from that. Notice the underlined words in the definition. Color lends to a feeling or sensation that is translated via light through our eye. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!
Oh my! We have not even begun to scratch the surface of our amazing visual organs, our eyes! Without light and our eyes working in tandem, what we see to be differential color would be impossible! This was not meant to be a science lesson, but merely to point to the importance of color in the world of art and the world around us. Color has the power to brand, distinguish (think University colors), evoke a feeling, play with your mind and set a focal point.
Just the right shade of a color, either in interior design or for the artist, can be allusive.
"They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any green you like; but that particular green, never."
- Pablo Picasso, 1966.
The next time you find yourself standing in front of a piece of artwork examine the use of color. Notice the variations of green in the trees or grass. Or, notice how the artist might have played with your mind in making the mountains blue or even purple as in Monet’s “Valle Buona, Near Bordighera.” Thoroughly investigate why the artist used a particular color in that bold stroke to emphasize meaning. Let us sharpen our eyes to the world and power of color.
Join us in attending UCA’s BA/BFA Juried Senior Exhibition. Opening Reception will is this Thursday, April 5th, 4 pm at the Baum Gallery on UCA’s campus. The exhibition will run through Friday, the 26th of April, an excellent way to support local, young, and talented artists.
Wanting to dive deeper into the world of color?
This season's landscape is spreading and painting its' joyous color everywhere! Bonnie McKay is spreading this joy in her new painting class. Color is emphasized, along with the relationship of colors, so important in painting. The right color in the perfect spot makes art come alive!
Please join us at Art on the Green as Bonnie teaches the on-going series, 'Joyous Color'. Learn about the relationship of colors. Open to beginners as well as seasoned artists. It's the opportunity to paint with new excitement and share the fun with painting as you learn.
'Joyous Color' is Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m. Open to beginners as well as seasoned painters. Call AOTG 501-205-1922, to learn more and reserve a place in Bonnie's class.
Moore’s Art Supply and More hosts ongoing Monday classes for youths and adults. 'Klassses with Kateri' meets with youth every Monday between 5 pm and until 6 pm; adults meet 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm. You can find Moore’s at 1015 Deer St, Conway, AR 72034. Call (501) 504-6968 to learn more.
Reminder: Catch the Conway League of Artists’ Spring Show running till April 28th in Conway's Public Library.
Visit www.ArtontheGreen.net to stay up-to-date on classes and events like City Talks. This month Ray Simon and his co-authors will be talking about their book, "A Healthy Conway". More about this event next time. Want to know more now? Follow Art on the Green on Facebook @ConwayArt and Instagram @artonthegreen.