P is for Primary Colors by OK Go: A to Z Challenge 2014

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You can’t go wrong with stop motion video, OK Go and color mixing.

 

O is for Orange Light: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Stained Glass Wings by Wayne Stratz.

Stained Glass Wings by Wayne Stratz.

Orange light may help us wake up like a cup of coffee.  A 2014 study by Gilles Vandewalle has the poetic conclusion that, ” A burst of orange light wakes up our ‘circadian eye.’”  Orange is awesome.

 

N is for Neon Spreading Illusion: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Blue Neon Madonna in Dunmore, PA.  Photo by Margaret Almon

Blue Neon Madonna in Dunmore, PA. Photo by Margaret Almon

The first time we witnessed the Blue Neon Madonna(not her real name), Stratoz and I were startled.  She has a blue mantle of other-worldliness.  Another favorite neon was Electronic Superhighway by Nam June Paik.

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Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Nam June Paik, 1995, 49-channel closed circuit video installation, neon, steel and electronic components, approx. 15 x 40 x 4 ft., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2002.23. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Ehrenstein Color Figure

Ehrenstein Color Figure via Andy Parkinson.

 

Neon signs combine glass tubes with inert gases and electrification to create a gorgeous glow.  I love neon signs, but neon paint never appealed to me, and in investigating what makes a color “neon,” I discovered that it’s the addition of substances that show up under UV or black light.  The paint will reflect back more light than expected.  I also discovered the illusion of neon color spreading, where colored lines in the midst of black lines take on a glow like a neon sign.

Neon Color Circle

Neon Color Circle via blebspot.

 

Colored Segments of a Grid Can Shed a Diffuse Glow Like the Light From a Neon Tube from the Amateur Scientist

 

 

M is for Mauve: A to Z Challenge 2014

Spiral Mosaic Mandala by Margaret Almon

  When I saw Simon Garfield’s book on the color mauve, I checked it out of the library immediately.  I wasn’t a mauve enthusiast, but the idea of a whole book about one color was intriguing. William Perkin(1838-1907) was experimenting with coal tar, in hopes of finding a cure for malaria, but instead noticed an [...]

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L is for Light Receptors: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Mixing primary color paint is an ingrained memory from elementary school.  Mixing light is much less familiar, and watching this video was a bit unnerving.  If you mix red and green light, our brains will interpret it as yellow light.  I was staggered by the complexity of interpretation on the part of the brain, creating [...]

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K is for Hilma af Klint: A to Z Challenge 2014

Hilma af Klint: Group IX/UW, No. 25, The Dove, No. 1, 1915, 151 × 114.5 cm, Oil on canvas. Foto: Henrik Grundsted. Courtesy: Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.

    Hilma af Klint(1862-1944), was of the first generation of Swedish women allowed into Sweden’s art schools.  She discovered spiritualism and attributed her paintings to a higher consciousness working through her, and she and four of her friends were influenced by Theosophy and Rudolf Steiner.  I discovered this in the middle of reading Rudolf [...]

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J is for Alfred Jensen: A to Z Challenge 2014

Stratoz was pleased to find a J for me, Alfred Jensen(1903-1981), since his jazz doodle was set to Christine and Ingrid Jensen.   Alfred Jensen incorporated diagrams, numerical systems, textiles from Guatamala, and the color theory of Goethe into his paintings.  His work contains both the mandala like circular forms and quilt patterning that I [...]

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I is for Johannes Itten: A to Z Challenge 2014

I found a copy of Johannes Itten’s book The Art of Color at a rummage sale.  Itten was a Swiss Expressionist painter influential on artists of the Bauhaus. Itten taught about color in the face of the belief that either you were good with color or you were not. Most instructive was Itten’s statement that, [...]

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H is for Ellen Heck and Her Color Wheels: A to Z Challenge 2014

San Francisco Color Wheels 1-9 by Ellen Heck.

  Ellen Heck is a fine art printmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and these color wheels are a visual journal of the colors of her landscape.  These appeal to my librarian and artist senses, with the organizing of ideas in a visual classification.  There are times when the artifacts of creating art [...]

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G is for Gray Tones: A to Z Challenge 2014

Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

When I met Stratoz, he said his favorite color was gray.  He still digs it.  He’s also doing an A to Z challenge, doodling his way through the alphabet with jazz on the stereo.  Since it’s Orange Tuesday, I also include this photo of a gray pendant I created with a dash of orange.

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