COLOURlovers - Weee.0 is launching Dec. 8th on the web and at our launch party in Portland, OR. Excited? Nervous? So are we! We've been adding new features to the site all year, but it is about that time where we get ready to unveil hundreds of hours of our color loving efforts with the release of a new version of the site...
Version 3.0, aka Version Weee.0 is all about evolving the fun, creative and inspiring color community experience. Will be seeing some minor updates to the entire site, continuing our efforts to create an easy and enjoyable user experience. We'll be adding a new powerful tool that we've been developing for several months that will make you pro and amateur color lovers alike, very happy... and it can even run on your desktop!
We'll also be evolving the love of color in a totally new direction for us. We know you love colors... and arranging them into 5 color palettes... now we're going to give you something creative and fun to do with those palettes.
Join Us at the Launch Party!
The world will see the new version of the site go online December 8th, and if you're in the Pacific Northwest, we'd love to have you join us at Rake Art Gallery for a party and interactive night of color love celebrating the new version and the amazing year of growth we've seen. This year our northern neighbors, Imagekind will be generously sponsoring the printing of all our color strips, palettes... and.... Well, you'll just have to be there to see what else they'll be creating for us.
The event will go from 7:00pm to 10:00pm so join us before dinner, after dinner or enjoy our tasty beverages and snacks and join us for a lite dinner. We'll have even more color choices this year for you to create your real life color palettes with, several computers to check out the new site on... and a Chinese auction for our full sized canvas art with proceeds benefiting HODR.org, a volunteer staffed disaster relief non-profit.
Beer + Wine + Snacks + Music + Color... Wee.0
Event Sponsored By
Imagekind.com is one of the fastest growing online art sites. Their goal is to develop a fresh new online art experience that allows both consumers and professional artists a new outlet for sharing, creating and buying actual wall art from digital files.
Chronic pain has its own devastating side effects, even in the absence of medication. Sufferers of migraine headaches sometimes report a phenomenon that amounts to color-blindness. Jeff of the Omegaword blog explains that chronic pain has a peculiar way of removing color from the world. He poetically describes his experience of a reality in which all color has been erased by bursts of red:
"Red has never been my favorite color. Bolts of hot pain sear the world, leaving me colorblind but for the shards that stay behind — jagged red reminders of pain past, and pain yet to come. Through the window, beyond the mute interplay of light and shadow on a white kitchen wall, bare branches against a pale sky remind me that it's all in my head. What color are light waves, anyway?"
A new study of synesthesia confirms Jeff's observation that the colour of the world is all in one's head. Cretian van Campen, author of The Hidden Sense: Synesthesia in Art and Science (2007), explains: "A mysterious aspect of color is that it is created in the brain and seen to exist in the physical environment. But the physical environment contains only light waves and is in fact colorless. The colors are inside our brains, not outside."
Color palettes sometimes testify to hues that have been displaced or erased by profound circumstances. For example, COLOURlover Codename Gimmick envisions the frosty onset of winter as a time when "frequencies from red to yellow have been silenced." His "Frost-Over" palette celebrates red and yellow through their striking absence.
To paraphrase a classic riddle, which weighs more: a pound of yellow feathers or a pound of red lead? Color may be a weighty subject, but the spectrum can't be gaged in terms of tonnage. The Swiss painter Paul Klee observed that colour can be "neither weighed nor measured. Neither with scales nor with ruler can any difference be detected between two surfaces, one a pure yellow and the other a pure red, of similar area and similar brilliance. And yet, an essential difference remains, which we, in words, label yellow and red" (On Modern Art, 1948). Klee was right—even though colors don't technically have weight, they can appear quite heavy and substantial or extraordinarily light and vaporous.
Other COLOURlovers have attempted to classify weightless colors and palettes:
Our friends over at Coudal Partners pointed us to a Live Layer Tennis match in progress... This one is not only colorful and fun.. the creative forces are battling with flash. All matches take place on Fridays, live at 2pm Chicago time or GMT-6, Pop over and take a peek.
Welcome to Layer Tennis’ first foray into the fourth dimension.
Considering the constraints of most modern browsers, we had to skip the third dimension (depth), so the fourth will have to do. Time has always been an essential element of the game, the competitors (and commentators) face a cruel 15-minute deadline, and — hear me when I say — those seconds tick away much faster at LT HQ than they do in your office, as you kill the waning hours of your work week.
This week, however, temporal space will actually tear through our 900x280-pixel battlefield, as renowned illustrators Trevor Van Meter and James Hutchinson face off in Adobe Flash. I pity their poor souls; if designing/illustrating/typesetting a volley isn't enough to do in a quarter-hour, they must find time to animate the volley as well. While this added challenge is likely to simplify the actual graphic content of the match (fine by me, I'm a bit of a minimalist), we're likely to see some great storytelling, as both competitors excel in that area, and each has an arsenal of ready-made characters that would make old Walt D. blush. (As I write this, I'm getting word that James, at least, is creating a new set of characters just for the match).
Is it possible to accurately remember a given colour? Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Mark Fairchild says "no"! Surprisingly, the brain is poorly equipped to remember colors. At best, Dr. Fairchild notes, "we can remember only general categories of color represented by significant color names. That's why there are so many sophisticated ways to name, organize, and measure color."
Here's a way to test your own colour memory. Close your eyes and imagine a red stop sign at a traffic intersection. It's a colour that drivers see every day in the European Union, United States, and many other places. Then open your eyes and see if you can identify the official stop sign colour from amongst the following imposters:
Heterochromia is an eye condition in which each iris is a different color. It occurs when an iris has either excess or deficient pigmentation. The condition is hereditary, but it can also manifest after an injury or disease. Because the effect is rather striking, some people without the condition use differently colored contact lenses to simulate heterochromia.
Famous people with the condition include English singer/songwriter David Bowie, American actor Christopher Walken, English actress Jane Seymour, American baseball pitcher Max Scherzer, Israeli basketball coach Oded Kattash, American actress Kate Bosworth, American singer Tim McIlrath, American actor Dan Aykroyd, and the Greek king Alexander the Great.
Two different iris colors can inspire some eye-catching palettes. Consider the following side-by-side colors from the COLOURlovers library:
Hailing from a region traditionally known for its abundant agriculture, Persian cuisine offers a diners a wide range of delicious dishes made with a stunning array of meats, vegetables, fresh and dried exotic fruits, yogurts and cheeses, beans, nuts, and seasonings. These are imaginatively incorporated into fragrant and unusual flavor combinations – you might find pomegranates paired with duck, or candied orange peels and sour cherries in rich meat stews.
by Chewy Chua
Iranian chefs have a rich variety of fruits and several herbs and spices to choose from when garnishing their dishes. Saffron, cinnamon, parsley, onions, garlic, turmeric, and cardamom – to name a few – can be found in many Persian recipes. However, this cuisine is known for its subtlety and is never overpowering – even the use of garlic is limited in order to avoid offending fellow diners.
by Niall McAuley
When we talk of colors, we can't help but be multilingual. Our pictorial world tour of exotic color names continues on through Italy, France, and Greece. For previous multilingual colors, see Multicolored, Multilingual Part I.
Flower (top) by atomicshark. Amethyst (above) by Starfires.
Amethyst. The opposite of "chartreuse" (the name of a pale green liqueur), "amethyst" means "not drunken" in its original Greek. The violet/purple quartz stone was so-named because it was popularly believed to prevent inebriation.
Verdigris. The name of this bright blue-green colour is derived from an Old French phrase meaning "green of Greece." It refers to the patina on copper, bronze and brass. In the musical "Wicked," verdigris is the color of the Wicked Witch Elphaba.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in November in the U.S. and in October in Canada. Thanksgiving was celebrated in the U.S. on the last Thursday in November until in 1929 with urging from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt extended the Christmas shopping season by one week and moved Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November. Here are some fun facts about the holiday and some color inspiration to help get you in the turkeyloving mood.
The modern day holiday is celebrated as an occasion to give thanks for the things we have and the people we share life with. Well, Thanksgiving at the COLOURlovers house was a little smaller last year and I want to take this moment to say that I am thankful to all 38,000 of you who have become members of our growing community. Have a wonderfully color loving holiday.
Scholastic has some great information about the History of the Thanksgiving Feast and how the history has evolved since the 1621 feast the Pilgrims shared with the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony's first successful harvest.
The black-feathered (and thin) Wild Turkeys are not same as the white-feathered (very overweight) ones that we serve at Thanksgiving and other holidays.
45 million Turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
A 15lb. Turkey consists of 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.
Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. 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.
Our autumn walks were delightful . . . and the trees took a colouring which in richness, brilliance, and variety, exceeded all description. I think it is the maple, or sugar- tree, that first sprinkles the forest with rich ; the beech follows, with all its harmony of tints, from pale up to brightest . The dog- wood gives almost the colour of the mulberry; the chestnut softens all with its frequent mass of delicate , and the sturdy oak carries its deep into the very lap of winter.—Frances Trollope (1780–1863), describing the woods of Ohio in Domestic Manners of the Americans, quoted in The Virago Book of Women Travellers, edited by Mary Morris with Larry O’Connor, 1994.
There is little that needs to be said about colour. Employ all the colours on your palette — but if you should undertake to paint Berlin, be sure simply to use and , just a little and , and plenty of deep .”—Ludwig Meidner, Instructions for Painting Pictures of the Metropolis, 1914.
And the two men laughed in each other’s sea- , land- eyes.—Carl Sandburg, The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, 1970.
With and I have tried to render the terrible passions of humanity. The room is blood and mat , a billiard table in the middle, four lemon- lamps with an and glow. Everywhere it is a clash and contrast of the most disparate and . . . . For instance, the blood- and the - of the billiard table contrast with the tiny bit of soft Louis XV of the counter, on which there is a bouquet.—Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), from a letter to his brother Theo; 8 September 1888. Reprinted in Art in Theory, 1815–1900, edited by Charles Harrison, 1998. quote>About the Guest Author, Craig ConleyWebsite: http://www.OneLetterWords.comCraig is an independent scholar and author of dozens of strange and unusual books, including a unicorn field guide and a dictionary of magic words. He also loves color: Prof. Oddfellow