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Art: the Science of Colors

It's been said that an art student must have an IQ on the higher side of the spectrum in order to pass the fundamentals but how accurate is this statement? Yes, art is beautiful but that is what it is meant to be. How complicated can art really be? Is it more than colors, shapes, images and imagination?

Yes art is this but it is so much more. Colors on a canvas is the finished product but for those who choose to give it a second thought, how we see color is directly related to light. The study of light is a science. Try not to fry too many brain circuits with that mind blowing revelation. Still on this train? Okay good. So, main stream thinkers understand any of the sciences to take priority in the work force and only whom they consider to be the best and brightest to lead the way. Everything else is considered to be mundane. What they fail to understand or accept is that art holds many of these aspects. That's great get back to the whole light and artist thing, explain the whole seeing colors. People love colors and the more the merrier. A fascinating little fact known to artists is that you don't need every color of the rainbow to create a masterpiece. Pay attention, this is where the knowing more than the 101's of light properties and color comes in. How we perceive specific colors is affected or determined by the surrounding colors. Our brains interpret colors based on the surrounding ones. How does that work? Take a white sheet of paper and splash some cadmium red on it. Against a white background this color is perceived as a bright red. Throw the same color on a baby blue paper and it looks more of a dark orange. All colors come from the same primary colors. Essentially specific colors are made from other colors and certain colors compliment each other. It's a lot to process but stay on this thought train a while longer and it will all be worth it. Back to the color cadmium red, it's a mixture of true red and yellow. When thrown on to a baby blue background it looks more so an orange because the blue compliments the yellow hue of the cadmium red. This is where color hues come from. Hues are the subtle undertones of the lesser of the two colors, or yellow, that make up cadmium red. So the next time you see two people arguing over whether or not that color is blue or purple, you'll know why. Chances are the color is blue but with a purple hue. Now to swing the pendulum back, it's not so much what colors make what hues but rather how you use and see them. Example, most people know that when it comes to painting flesh tones are one of the most difficult to create. Flesh tones are all about undertones and hues. Most forget, if they know at all, the most crucial hue for flesh is blue. Just breathe, it'll make sense in a minute. Why flesh tones are hued blue is because of de-oxygenated blood flowing through the veins and capillaries. Yet another way artists understand the sciences. Anyway, knowing how to use the blues in this case creates a more believable flesh tone. Artists can see colors within colors and break down what primary colors are in secondary ones the same way a prism can break down white light into a rainbow. The list of what sciences are in art goes on and on but let's not bite off more than you can chew. Think on this awhile before jumping into the next.

There you have it, the answer is yes. Artists have a IQ on the higher side of things. Anyone can use science in a scientific way but artists think outside the box and use it for more. Go ahead and try it. Once you think outside the box you're never going to want to go back.

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