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Archive for December 1st, 2006

A Quote on Color

Friday, December 1st, 2006

I subscribe to Robert Genn’s twice-weekly email newsletter for artists. I often do not have time to read it but today it had the title “True Colours” and I had to read.

He is a painter and talks a lot in this letter about paint, which is not my medium (though polymer clay is similar in how the colors mix). Dye is transparent and very different than opaque paint/clay.

It was an entirely new learning curve for me when I started dyeing. Light fuschia plus light turquoise equals medium hot cobalt blue? Wow. If I combined those colors in clay it would likely become a light soft purple.

But my favorite part of today’s letter was a quote from Chromophobia author David Batchelor:

“Colour reveals the limits of language and evades our best attempts to impose a rational order on it. To work with colour is to become aware of the insufficiency of language and theory–which is both
disturbing and pleasurable.”