Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What is your favorite color?

Your favorite color doesn’t exist. I’m sure you’re going to argue with that. But what I mean is that your favorite color doesn’t exist in a pot of paint. In some cases, a pot of paint in a particular shade of red may have the exact right effect you’re looking for. But next time, or on the next door, it may not work. Colors do not exist as single entities. The human eye only perceives color differences, not single colors. So the shade of orange that you like so much may only ‘happen’ when viewed against a white backdrop. Viewed against black or green or blue it may disappoint.
Which orange do you prefer, the left or the right one? In fact both colors are exactly the same. Though their adjoining colors are not.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Portraits in fluorescent colors

The colors of these portraits blew me away. They were made by French artist Francoise Nielly. Perhaps it's no coincidence that she grew up in south of France, where Vincent van Gogh used to make his most famous paintings.
It is a bit of a shame that a computer monitor will never show the full impact of the fluorescent colors.
Nielly also painted a cool Citroen Survolt sportscar, recently. I wouldn't mind having one of those, preferably with a Nielly paintjob.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Color Time

Fashion tends to go out of fashion pretty fast. Those beautiful clothes today may look outdated only a few months from now. The timespan of fashion is 6 to 12 months. The timespan of a paint job of your house is 8 years on average. The timespan of a building may be hundreds of years. The timespan of a city may be thousands of years. When choosing colors, choose them with the appropriate timespan in mind. In makes no sense to choose highy fashionable colors for your home. But it makes no sense either to choose them for its full timespan of hundreds of years.