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Still Around

If you’re reading this post, I thank you.  Whether you ended up here purely by chance, or whether you’re a loyal follower of my blog, I thank you.  I say this because it means you haven’t given up on my blog, despite the fact that I haven’t made another post since spring.

A new term at the College of Idaho is beginning for me, and I hope to use it as stimulus to resume my blog-posting.  I always have more ideas than time to make posts.  But when I started Art Perspective, I promised myself that I would do it for fun, and that I wouldn’t let it become a stressful chore to me.  Thus when I didn’t feel like posting during finals and during this summer, I didn’t let it bother me.  I also promised myself I wouldn’t be that person who is always writing excuses and apologies about not being a faithful poster.  So I shall end this explanation and move on to the minor inspiration I felt like sharing.

Part of my focus on Art Perspective is to highlight and share the everyday art I encounter, and the concepts of design I discover.  So today I noticed some real life color theory in my classroom.

I was sitting in lecture, listening to a rather dull explanation of the syllabus when my head nodded and my eyes drifted down.  It was then that I noticed the seat I was sitting on was apolstered in fabric made of tiny threads of red, blue, and yellow.  If you had asked me what color the seats were, I would have replied “gray.”  But upon closer inspection that was far from the case!  The seats were very colorful.

This observation reminded me of a high school lesson on the color wheel.  The assignment was to paint a color wheel, mixing the primary colors to create secondary colors, tertiary colors, and (in the center) gray.  No matter how hard I tried, every time I mixed the three primary colors together, I always got brown.  My teacher assured me that in correct proportion, I should get gray.  For a long time I grudgingly accepted this, while stubbornly wanting to believe that it would make brown.  All of this flooded back to me in a brief moment of distraction in the lecture hall.  There before me was a real life example of the primary colors working together in perfect proportions to create the illusion of gray.  My art teacher had been right.

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Comments on: "Still Around" (3)

  1. J. Christina Hodgson said:

    Jenette did you mean to post a photo of the real life example of the primary colors making the illusion of gray? The post ended with mystery as I wondered what it is that you saw. Does white paint need to be mixed into the primary colors in order to get gray?

    • Christina, I do not have a photo of the seats. I may get a chance to take one later, but at the time of the posting I did not have one. In theory, no, you do not need to add white. The lecture hall seats did not have any white threads. But as I mentioned, achieving gray through primary colors can be more difficult in real life.

  2. J. Christina Hodgson said:

    Oh man, my cold is affecting my reading comprehension. Your “gray” seat had threads in all three primary colors. (Some white too?)

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