The Colors of Vaeda Baty

The Colors of Vaeda Baty

The work of Chicago area based artist Vaeda Baty is full of dream inspired, softly colored and richly textured photographs.

Vaeda was nice enough to send us some of her work to share with COLOURlovers, so I asked her a few questions about life and work, and found out what exactly is going on in those inspiring dreams.

'brotherly love, relief, and truth'

COLOURlovers: Tell me about yourself

Vaeda Baty: I am an independent photographer from the Chicago land area with a simple desire to communicate with the world through creation. I became interested in photography when I realized that everything I have come to know will one day disappear.

CL: Tell me about your work.

Vaeda: Much of my work explores the natural world. I attempt to understand the tension present in a life lived dialectically. Photography is a form of storytelling, and I am moved to be a part of the narrative.

'stained glass visionaries'

CL: What inspires you?

Vaeda: I am inspired the most by great people in my life, my loves. I am also constantly inspired by other artists and my dreams. The beauty of everyday moments and the reality of loss.

CL: What do you look for in your compositions?

Vaeda: They look for me! I will be out and about with my camera and something will draw me into a particular scene. I want to be able to tell a story about the subject. Interesting light is important as well.


CL: Are you attracted to certain colors more than others?

Vaeda: Blue is by far my most favorite color to work with. I am drawn to primary colors in general and often prefer to work with a monochromatic palette. I also love neutrals.

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The Colors Of Scenic Stones

The Colors Of Scenic Stones

Imagine if an artist could take millions of years to complete a single painting.

Over millions of years the natural process of water penetrating and seeping into stones, bringing with it solutions of iron and magnesium, along with other elements, leaves traces of color and forms within the stone. This, along with cracks created from pressure and channels of water, combine their lines to push up imagery of mountains and trees, creating landscapes of unmeasurable beauty.

Known under a few names, such as: scenic stone, pictorial stones, pietra paesina, marble ruiniforme, lithographic limestone, and stone Florence (there may be others too), these stones were highly prized in early modern Europe and, before that, Asia, because of the beautiful naturally created organic landscapes.

© Bill Atkins

There are three areas in particular that are known (or were known at some point in time) for these types of stones: Florence, Italy; Jasper, Oregon; and Cotham, England.

Hercules Segers


Artists also used these stones as a canvas adding their own hand and transforming the natural lines and shapes of the stone's face with their own paints, like the one on top painted by Dutch painter Hercules Segers, and the other one by Johann König.

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Colorful Allusions vol. 11

Colorful Allusions vol. 11

Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant color.  In this rebus-style puzzle, color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes.  Try to guess the exact hue of each.  Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words.  Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue.  Special thanks to Paul Dean for his colorful research.


Big gray [moths] with reddish markings, pale blue- green, yellow with lavender, and red and yellow."
"What do you mean by 'red and yellow?'" asked the Bird Woman so quickly that the girl almost jumped.
"Not exactly red," explained Elnora, with tremulous voice. "A re
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dish, yellowish brown, with canary- coloured spots and gray lines on their wings."

—Gene Stratton-Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost, 1909.


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As by a fascination, every eye was now directed to the glaring greenish- grey eye of Simon.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852.

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Classic Colors: Fauvism

Classic Colors: Fauvism

Fauvism (french for "the wild beasts") was a short lived art movement popular in the early twentieth century. Lead by Henry Matisse, the movement was known for its use of color; brash, uncontrolled colors often straight from the tube, and applied using bold brush strokes.

André Derain:The Turning Road, L´Estaque

Turning Road

The artists of Fauvism which included: André Derain, Albert Marquet, Charles Camoin, the Belgian painter Henri Evenepoel, Jean Puy, Maurice de Vlaminck, Henri Manguin, Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, Georges Rouault, the Dutch painter Kees van Dongen, the Swiss painter Alice Bailly and Georges Braque; believed in color as the main force behind expressing emotion, and were followers of van Gogh's color ideals, who once said, "Instead of trying to render what I see before me, I use color in a completely arbitrary way to express myself powerfully."

Henri Matisse: Luxe, Calme et Volupté

Luxe, Calme et ...

The movements name was coined during their first group show in 1905 at the salon d'Automne by the critic Louis Vauxcelles. Vauxcelles described the groups work with the phrase "Donatello au milieu des fauves!" meaning, "Donatello among the wild beasts," contrasting the work with the Renaissance-type sculptures that shared their room. That phrase, which was printed in a popular paper of the time the next day, along with other outlandish critic quotes, such as: "A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public," helped gain attention and bring the groups works into popularity.

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Color Inspiration: Yellow Minerals

Color Inspiration: Yellow Minerals

Currently, there are 4000 known minerals, with new discoveries being made year after year. Here are a few yellow minerals to inspire your next palette.

Color in Minerals

The absorption of light, and the apparent color, is determined by a mineral's atomic bonds which are made up of electrons that absorb certain wave lengths. The colors produced through absorption and emittance are usually produced by transition metals. Even trace amounts of these elements can have a drastic effect on color.

  • Cobalt produces the violet-red color in erythrite, (cobalt arsenic sulfide).
  • Chromium produces the color orange-red color of crocoite, (lead chromate).
  • Copper produces the azure blue color of azurite, (copper carbonate hydroxide).
  • Iron produces the red color of limonite, (hydrated iron oxide hydroxide).
  • Manganese produces the pink color of rhodochrosite, (manganese carbonate).
  • Nickel produces the green color of annabergite, (hydrated nickel arsenate).
  • Uranium produces the yellow color of zippeite, (hydrated potassium uranyl sulfate hydroxide).
  • Vanadium produces the red-orange color of vanadinite, (lead vanadate chloride).
© Paul M. Schumacher


 Color  Yellow, Greenish yellow, Yellowish green
 Location  Daybreak Mine, Spokane County, Washington, U.S.A
 Luster  Pearly



© Thomas Witzke / Abraxas-Verlag


 Color  Yellow, Yellow green, Yellow green, Light yellow
 Location  San Antonio de Calacalani mine, Cercado, Oruro, Bolivia
 Luster  Earthy (Dull)
 Streak  Yellow



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Shopping By Color: Polyvore

Shopping By Color: Polyvore

Polyvore is a member based web application that allows its users to sort through uploaded images or those grabbed from around the web, to create collages for inspiration and to share with others.

The site's main focus is fashion, but also includes interiors and whatever else people can come up with. Filter through the images by garment or accessory type, brand and color. With the color sorter it would seemingly make it very easy to put together the perfect outfit palette, making it a useful tool for any color lover.


Polyvore was founded by ex-Yahoo executive Pasha Sadri. While branded as fun creative collage site that makes use of the infinite amounts of content available on the web, Polyvore also allows its users to shop the products that they use in their collages. Click on any item, and a product description will appear along with the original link where the item can be found.

The direct engagement of real products and brands with its users is some what of a dream for marketers, as the model is basically user-generated advertising.

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Lost Color: A Search For Homer’s Missing Reds

Lost Color: A Search For Homer’s Missing Reds

Winslow Homer's 'For to Be a Farmer's Boy' depicts a worker in the field picking pumpkins as he gazes off into the distance, but after years of deterioration some of the red and yellow pigments have faded in the sky, leaving that area virtually without color. Now, Richard Van Duyne, a chemist at Northwestern University, along with Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Francesca Casadio, a conservation scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago, are working to determine what the original colors were, and in turn, changing our ideas about the painting's true meaning.

Cloud Shadows

In perpetration for the Art Institute's major Homer exhibition, "Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light," conservators discovered, using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and visual examination through a microscope, that the painting's white skies were originally painted in unstable red and orange dyes that have almost completely faded.

To solve this mystery, they are using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), the analytical technique pioneered by Van Duyne in 1977. SERS uses laser light and nanoparticles of precious metals to interact with molecules to show the chemical make-up of a particular dye.

SERS is a variation of Raman spectroscopy, a widely used technique first developed in the 1920s. What sets SERS apart is its ability to analyze extremely minute samples of organic dyes; some samples are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
- Science Daily

Rowing Home

Before synthetic dye was developed in the late 1800's, artist used organic dyes which are more susceptible to damage, especially red dye. That is why the researchers have been focusing their efforts on red organic dyes specifically.

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Color Inspiration: 106 Blue Palettes

Color Inspiration: 106 Blue Palettes

To keep you cool on a hot summer's day, we give you 106 inspiring blue palettes from the COLOURlover's library.

Also, check out a couple of our previous color inspiration posts: yellow and green.

Deep_Skyblues RandomAct of Awesome

Wisdom Seeks some starry night

quiet morning Diamond Girl

Nursery for Clouds the silvery blue

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As Seen By The Color Blind

As Seen By The Color Blind

In the U.S. 7% of the male population – or about 10.5 million men – and 0.4% of the female population either cannot distinguish red from green, or see red and green differently. Color blindness affects a significant amount of the population, and it is even more prevalent in more isolated populations with a smaller gene pools. It is mostly a genetic condition, though it can be caused by eye, nerve, or brain damage, or due to exposure to certain chemicals.

For those of us who see colors just fine, it is hard to imagine what those with color blindness are seeing. Luckily humans are smart and have created technology like the Color Blind Web Page Filter.

Popular Websites: As Seen by the Color Blind

The Color Blind Web Page Filter, which was used in this post to demonstrate the different types of colorblindness, allows you to view what a site looks like to people with each type of color blindness. Here are a few examples from some popular websites.

Google Logo / Color Blind

TechCrunch Logo / Color Blind

etsy Logo / Color Blind

Digg Logo / Color Blind

Read Write Web Logo / Color Blind

Twitter Logo / Color Blind


Iconic Art: As Seen by the Color Blind

Some would say we all see art in our own unique way... that would be especially true for the color blind. Here are a couple examples of some of the most iconic paintings as seen by the color blind.

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso / Color Blind
Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol / Color Blind
The Scream by Edvard Munch / Color Blind
Armand Guillaumin: Sunset at Ivry / Color Blind

Color Blindness Background

Using the filter we'll take a look at the current most popular palette, July, and how it is seen by those with different types of color blindness.



The normal human retina contains two kinds of light cells: the rod cells (active in low light) and the cone cells (active in normal daylight). Normally, there are three kinds of cones, each containing a different pigment. The cones are activated when the pigments absorb light. The absorption spectra of the cones differ; one is maximally sensitive to short wavelengths, one to medium wavelengths, and the third to long wavelengths (their peak sensitivities are in the blue, yellowish-green, and yellow regions of the spectrum, respectively). The absorption spectra of all three systems cover much of the visible spectrum, so it is not entirely accurate to refer to them as "blue", "green" and "red" receptors, especially because the "red" receptor actually has its peak sensitivity in the yellow. The sensitivity of normal color vision actually depends on the overlap between the absorption spectra of the three systems: different colors are recognized when the different types of cone are stimulated to different extents. Red light, for example, stimulates the long wavelength cones much more than either of the others, and reducing wavelength causes the other two cone systems to be increasingly stimulated, causing a gradual change in hue. Many of the genes involved in color vision are on the X chromosome, making color blindness more common in males than in females.

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Idée Labs: Multicolor Image Search

Idée Labs: Multicolor Image Search

Idée Labs has created a useful set of online image search tools, including a multicolor search that allows you to filter images using a palette of up to ten colors. Using a spectrum color selector, you can pick the colors you are looking for and it will return only photos that contain those colors.

Multicolr Search Lab


With the Multicolr Search Lab you are able to search up to ten different colors from a palette of 120 different shades. The search will filter through three million 'interesting' flickr photos or three million Alamy stock photos.

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