Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



Art Every Day, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Good Afternoon,
Here is today's new piece.  It is the final in this three day exploration of using color on black or white backgrounds. With this piece, I split the background, half black, half white. Note how the width of the strips seem to change depending upon what color they are on.  Look at the red that is about three quarters of the way up and begins on the black half, the portion that is in the white look a bit narrower.  Look at the light blue that is just beneath the middle and begins on the white side, the portion in the black seems wider than the portion in the white.  Black tends to bring out color thus making it look larger while white tries to make color submissive therefore making it seem smaller.  Background matters.

Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

What a great lesson to show us how much background matters!

The bars are definitely bolder and look bigger on the black background.

Does this happen because black naturally recedes more than white and therefore holds the colors up more?

When I look at this, it definitely looks like the bars are floating higher above the black than the white, and the black and white almost look like background and mid ground, respectively.

Thank you for doing one like this for us to have the direct comparison in one piece- it teaches so much to see everything at once!