Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The thoughts of black

Did you know that  black is the MOST misunderstood color.

However, black is NOT a color, or is it?  Did you know that if you combine all three primary colors....red, yellow and blue...using a liquid paint or you even food coloring. You won't get a jet black, but the point will be clear. The history of black pigments includes charcoal, iron metals, and other chemicals as the source of black paints. So if someone argues with you that black is the absense of color, you can reply "what is in a tube of black paint?” However, you must add the fact that black is a color when you are referring to the color of pigments and the coloring agents of tangible objects.

Interesting I do  say!

When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black and white. Black, and its opposite white, represent polarities. Black absorbs all aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to mean hidden, fearful or bad experience. It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.

In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also mysterious... providing a sense of potential and possibility.

In fashion....a black tie dinner is very formal and elegant. Women can wear that "must have little black dress" to the black tie dinner. Yet the bad guys wear black hats. Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life.

What about black in paintings?

Black could be shadows, dark haunting images, the unknown, negative space.... or maybe just a black canvas.

Black is seen differently through each individuals eyes. That is the beauty  about this misunderstood color. It's becomes what  you  want it to be.

For me as  an artist  black is most intriquing to me for the reason it is seen differently  through each individual's eyes.

What are  your thoughts about BLACK?

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