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The October Blue Sky

Swans in Mill Pond, Milford, MA

I think of you in the chiseled autumn light
Dead leaves crunching underfoot
A breeze hinting winter’s first chill
I think of you alone
For October is a lonely month
Painted distinct and clear
No pastel of summer
Or January’s black and white
Everything stands out
In knife sharp detail
On your head I count each hair
Below your eye I see a tear
Life’s joy wanes with the daylight
Bright-color lively days
Turn to the chill of
Melancholy nights
As I walk
Through a wood red and orange
Across fields turned to gold
I think of you
Under the October blue sky

You Color Me

Swan pond at sunset

When I feel the hurt of purple bruises
You color me a royal purple comfort
When I feel a deep blue funk
You color me with the freedom of a deep blue sky
When I see the green of jealousy and rot
You color me the spring green of life and hope
When I am afraid and yellow
You color me the yellow of the warm, bold sun
When I feel the last dying ember orange about to be extiguished
You color me an optimsitic orange of a beautiful sunrise
And when I see red in anger and hate
You color me red in compassion and love
No matter if my mood is black and white or just plain grey
You color me in shades of life

Seeing Colors (Part II)

A couple of weeks ago I put up a post about some women who can see more colors than the rest of us. Taking a hint from an article about an artist with this condition, tetrachrome, I wanted to show that by training your eye most people can see a far wider range of colors than they believed. I used some tree trunks with subtly tonal variation to show my point.

Looking at all of the color around, subtle and not so subtle, I decided to do the experiment again. Continue reading

Seeing Colors

I would define a visual artist as one who knows how to see.    If you can legibly write this sentence with pen and paper then you have the fine motor skills to be a de Vinci.  What Leonardo had is the ability to understand what he was seeing.

One simple method to help people see is to abstract objects to simple rectangles, circles, triangles, etc.  Most people can draw those, so if you start there and slowly refine your drawing you can eventually learn to see the shapes.

So how about color? Continue reading