Question: Is color generally random? or has "something" planned the colors we see in nature?
Question: Do human eyes see colors differently? There are people who are color blind, who can see color, but not the same color everyone else sees. I wonder, is everyone just a hint or maybe one or two degrees off from each other?
Question: Can random color work in a quilt without any thought as long as a neutral color is added? What if a neutral color is not added? What are the limits to random use?
I am giving a talk to the Northern Lights Quilt Guild on Wednesday January 13th about the Random Use of Color. Today I am preparing for it, reading books on color and traditional color theory, but mostly spending time thinking about how I go about using color. I want to present a non-technical approach to using color for those people, like me, who just dive into color. Also, I'm interested in appealing to people who are neutrals, or pre-set patterns to encourage them to try something different. I want to make it fun, too!
Ah, time now to paw over my past quilts, to tear open my fabric closet and look at and try several mock-ups. Who says preparing for a talk isn't fun?
Ode to Color
Colors are electrons
Visible, they occupy one octave of the
To reach you, their rainbow vibrations move
at the speed of light
Yet, they require no medium
Learn from your colors, for they are part of you:
mind, eye, sensation
Use your colors, for they are your personal resource
from the universe.
- Dorothee L. Mella