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24
Dec
12

Christmas

24
Dec
12

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Christmas

28
Jun
10

God had a Color Plan! An Artist’s Viewpoint

PAINTING PARROT TULIPS

 

From our earliest childhood days, most of us were given a box of crayons and a coloring book, and asked to “sit down and color,” a quiet activity approved of by most parents.

We found that “coloring” was an interesting activity as we made colorful marks back and forth on the coloring book’s pages.  Some of us were so delighted at our colorful marks that we extended them to other books, the walls, and ourselves (all no-no’s in most households).

When we experimented with crayons and paints in elementary school (or earlier) where we were admonished to “stay within the lines,” we learned a bit of color theory.  We learned that the primary colors, red, yellow and blue, could not be made by mixing any of the other colors together.  We also found that each of the secondary colors, orange, green and violet, could be made by combining two primary colors.  An example would be that mixing red and yellow makes orange.  Perhaps by experimenting further, we even discovered that the tertiary colors, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet, could be made by the mixing of a primary color and an adjacent secondary color (example:  mixing red and orange makes red-orange) and that by adding white or black we could lighten or darken a color.

Color was everywhere in our environment and we tended to take its existence for granted.  But have we stopped to consider just where those colors originated?

God the Creator

The King James Version (KJV) of the scriptures tell us that God is the Creator.

Genesis 1:1-2 states:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:3 – And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Genesis 1:4 – And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Because the following verse (Genesis 1:5) goes on to state that God called the light Day, and the darkness Night, it is common to consider light only as it relates to day and night.  But there is more to light than this.

What is the Origin of Color?

In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton experimented with a ray of sunlight passing through a prism and observed that the sunlight ray broke into a spectrum of seven colors (this is called refracted light).  These colors were arranged in the following order:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, the colors of the rainbow.*  He then used a second prism and discovered that he could recombine the colors of the rainbow into white light, like the light of the sunlight with which he had originally experimented.  Newton’s experiments proved that colors are actually components of light.

Sir Isaac Newton’s experiment with refracted light proves that when God said, Let there be light (Genesis 1:3 KJV), He was creating color. By creating light, God was actually creating color.

First Mention of Colors in Scripture

The first mention of a color in the scriptures is the color green in the first book Moses called Genesis.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:30 (KJV)

Other first mentions in scripture of specific colors include:

Genesis 25:25           Red

Genesis 30:35           White

Genesis 38:28           Scarlet

Exodus 25:4              Blue

Exodus 25:4              Purple

Leviticus 13:30          Yellow

Leviticus 13:31          Black

Not appearing in the King James Version of the scriptures are the colors orange, violet, or any of the tertiary colors, i.e., red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.

In light, white is the presence of all colors and black is the absence of all colors.  In pigments, however, white is the absence of all color whereas black is the presence of all colors.  Of course, the purists among us would not include white or black as colors.  I am including them here nevertheless as they are used in the making of art.

The word, colours is mentioned in Genesis 37:3, while colour appears later in Leviticus 13:55.  The word, color, is not included in the King James Version.

A Bit of Color Theory

As a refresher on the subject of color, presented here is a bit of color theory.

The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.  Primary colors cannot be made by any mixture of other colors.

The secondary colors are orange, green and violet.  Each secondary color is made by combining two primary colors (example:  mixing yellow and blue makes green).

The tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.  The tertiary colors are made by combining a primary color and an adjacent secondary color (example:  mixing yellow with green makes yellow-green).

The Rainbow*

Have you ever noticed that the colors of the rainbow* are arranged in a pattern—a specific order?  The next time you see a rainbow, observe the color arrangement.  You will see that the colors, in order from the top of the rainbow’s curve, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

It is interesting to note that with the exception of indigo (the “Newton” color often disputed by scientists), the rainbow is comprised of only primary and secondary colors.

Final Words

Although God is the Creator, and His creation is full of color, He didn’t find it necessary to reiterate those colors in the scriptures.  It has been left to us, for the most part, to read and contemplate/meditate on God’s word in order to grasp the full meaning of scripture.  I hope that this essay has been useful in that regard.

*The word, rainbow, is first alluded to in Genesis 9:13-16; the term is “bow.”  The actual word, rainbow, however, appears later, in Revelation 4:3 and Revelation 10:1 (KJV).

Originally published May 31, 2009 in Chiaroscuro Magazine on WordPress.com at http://chiaroscuromagazine.wordpress.com

26
Sep
09

Drawing Hibiscus

I am currently working on a charcoal pencil drawing of hibiscus. Hibiscus are plentiful in Florida and the variety and colors that God created are practically endless.

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31
May
09

For All Watercolour Painters

If you’ve wondered where color originated, you may want to see “God Had a Color Plan!  An Artist’s Viewpoint” at Chiaroscuro Magazine.  It’s thought-provoking.


28
May
09

Drawings, Paintings, Creative Wonderment through Art

Find drawings, paintings, creative wonderment through ART here at caroltaylor.wordpress.com

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27
Mar
09

God, The Original Creative Visual Artist

As a visual artist, once I became a Christian I was acutely aware of the absence of the visual arts in the lives, homes and churches of many Protestants.   In my quest to find evidence of art and artists in the scriptures, my research led me to the book of Exodus. There, I found that God is a visual artist who had an aesthetic vision for the building and furnishing of the tabernacle, and that He commissioned artists to execute His vision.

Artistic Abstraction

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, see, I have called by name Bezaleel… I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab… and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee: the tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony… and all the furniture of the tabernacle… and the altar… and the holy garments for Aaron the priest… according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do. Exodus 31:1-11 KJV

In addition, I found that God commissioned the embroidery of pomegranates on the priests’ robes in the colors of blue, purple, and scarlet.

And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet… Exodus 28:33 KJV

In nature, pomegranates are purple and scarlet, but they are not blue. The fact that God commissioned blue pomegranates is evidence that He viewed them from an abstract point of view, altering their natural color in the embroidered representation on the priests’ robes from His vantage point as an abstract visual artist… definitely something to ponder.

Originally published in Chiaroscuro Magazine now located here at http://chiaroscuromagazine.wordpress.com/

Artistic Abstraction.  Mixed Media.





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