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.