Ghost of an Image


Wikipedia says that an afterimage is an optical illusion that occurs after looking away from a direct gaze at an image, and is closely related to the persistence of vision, which is the retention of an image in the retina. One of the most common afterimages is the bright glow that seems to float before one's eyes after staring at a light bulb or a headlight for a few seconds.

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If staring long enough at a primary colour, one will find these ghost images remain as the corresponding secondary colours in the eyes if then looking to a white, blank surface.

For example, if staring at the following, inverted image of the American Flag for thirty seconds, and then at a blank white sheet of paper ... well, see for yourself.

Inverted US Flag

See if you can find other examples of commonly used afterimages, or if you can find the corresponding primary or secondary of your favourite colour. You might want to also make an opposite of the dominant colours in your favourite space.

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Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence

Deep Sea Spectacles and Bioluminescence


The deep sea is neither conventionally beautiful nor conventionally exciting. The creatures that do live there are scarce and scattered. According to Oceanlink, almost all of these creatures are scavengers and rely on what floats down from the heights of the layers above. They exist under great pressure, or near the amazingly high temperatures (up to 350 degrees celsius) of hydrothermal vents, which exude bubbling water from the very molten centre of the Earth.

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Strange as it might seem, the colours involved with these creatures are something to behold.
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Liberty Enlightening the World


Good morning, Colourlovers.

Let's play a little That Makes Me Think Of.

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When I woke up this morning, not only did I, as I suppose too many people do, try to suggest it was too early to wake, but I found the spot where my shoulder and my head could fall again, and I blinked while staring at the clock. It was then an hour later. I stumbled out of my room to the kitchen, not really walking on the floor, but the walkway of routine, of memory. With no regard to real distance, I just remembered it was sixteen choppy steps on my toes to the cabinet, five more to the shelf with a bowl for cereal, and a half twist for the fridge. I was no longer paying attention to the spaces or objects around me because I had something particular in mind.

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Welcome to the New Blog & Updates


Hello lovers,

We decided to give the information side of COLOURlovers a huge update. We've moved all the trends, articles, interviews, etc. into one great new blog platform. This will make it easier for us to update the site with regular interesting content and easier for you to find and share it... and our very own ruecian will be writing for the blog.

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We've also added some new features to the site along with a much beefier new server from RackSpace to handle all the traffic.

Palette Photo Inspiration: http://www.colourlovers.com/palettes/add

Subscriptions: Go to your profile and click the Edit this page button. Then you will see a My Subscriptions Tab... Now you can know when comments are posted on your palettes & colors.

Downloadable Palettes: http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/38569/YoungGoGetter

Thanks for sticking out one day of no COLOURloving.

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Synaesthesia: See What You Hear, Hear What You See


Often is it that faulty or crossed electrical wiring has been used in sitcoms or commercials to get a laugh or a rise. The throw of a switch intended for a harmless bedroom light opens and closes the neighbour's garage repeatedly, or each channel change on the television means pushes grandma's across the lawn. These Deus ex Machina images play on our preconceived notions of control and logic. Applying this same idea to the human mind, while it can be potentially funny, has a similar effect.

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Great White

Great White


Retailers urge us all to put our pastels away, and to push in a fresh, clean spring. That means keeping it light, and it seems like almost every retailer is picking up the whispers of high fashion.

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From Diesel to Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs to The Gap, the white and neutral schemes of winter get their sleeves and pant legs tailored for sunny days of spring break, or at least the memories of having that time. Pushing their line of khakis especially, The Gap steps forward with their Boyfriend Trouser, a loose and relaxed cut pair for ladies. Playing dress-up with Ralph Lauren shows us that white blazers and slacks aren't just for mid-1900s mobsters anymore, while supplying a generous collection of thin pinstripes, playing the favoured field of dominant white.

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Perceiving, Experiencing, and Celebrating Color (Since 1969)

Perceiving, Experiencing, and Celebrating Color (Since 1969)


In thumbing through some old magazines, Cartoon Brew Blogger Amid Amidi found an article in a 1969 issue of Lithographers written by coupled animators Eugene Fleury and Bernyce Polifka.

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With their acclaim seated in Disney and Warner Bros, their co-authoured article explains that many animators or artists have, and probably still, often ignored the expressive process in using colour, having been sated with compliance to colour theory and aesthetics. The article, kindly photographed and uploaded by Amidi, not only explains how and why the complete usage of colour is so important, but shows you simultaneously.

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The Color Green and Saint Patrick’s Day

The Color Green and Saint Patrick’s Day


Question: What is the connection between the color green and St. Patrick's Day?

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  • Actually there's no connection between green and St. Patrick. It's just that Irish connecting green color to fairies, angels, and saints, and any other Holy things.
  • Ireland is known as "The Emerald Isle," and emerald = green, so green is the color of Ireland and thus of St. Patrick's Day.

Continue Reading at Answers.com

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Eye Color Explained

Eye Color Explained


Everything you know is wrong.

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What most people know about the inheritance of eye color is that brown comes from a dominant gene (needing one copy only) and blue from a recessive gene (needing two copies). University of Queensland geneticist Rick Sturm suggests that the genetics are not so clear. "There is no single gene for eye color," he says, "but the biggest effect is the OCA2 gene." This gene, which controls the amount of melanin pigment produced, accounts for about 74 percent of the total variation in people's eye color.

Continue Reading at DISCOVER Magazine

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Heat sensitive, color changing glass building materials

Heat sensitive, color changing glass building materials


The inspiration behind our concept is similar to the beauty of nature; we believe that our personal environments should be ever changing. Moving Color™ is a form of living art; therefore, the potential of our products are only limited by the imagination of the designer implementing them.

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We have been involved in this industry for more than twenty years. Our knowledge of the properties of natural stone, glass, ceramics, and installation is quite extensive. Moving Color™ wants you the customer to feel confident in not only the product you are purchasing, but also in our company. We are constantly researching and developing new ideas to further expand our innovative product lines.

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