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Art does not reproduce what we see, it teaches us to see.

~ Paul Klee

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

~Henri Matisse

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

~ Marc Chagall


Culture and Colour

"The true Indian artist cannot ignore the blessing of colour… Indians know colour through intuition, while the West tries to know it through the mind. Indeed, India is a river of colour.

In my home in Jaipur, black was a colour we shunned, in spite of the dinner jackets that the British brought in. We associated it with evil. When the monsoon breaks and the dusty-brown of the desert becomes a wet-brown dappled by lush greens, the lariya colour also leaps to life through clothing, its greens and yellows assuming a consonance with nature.

In the summer, pale colours dispel the heat. At death, the monochrome sheen of white is the colour of mourning; but it is also a colour of life – it is the colour that bonds life and death, because unlike black it is receptive to the whole chromatic scale of colour."

~ Raghubir Singh, River of Colour

Colour Preference and Personality

All of us have a favourite colour. For some it is blue, for others, it may be red or green.
Our choice of colour may well help us to understand ourselves better. try these fun and intriguing tests as a place to begin.

Healing with Colour

Learn more about chakras

Colour and Light


Most of us see the world as we have been taught to, not as it is. Our minds have been trained to see in particular ways, which may be a result of personal experiences, negative or positive, formal learning or cultural mores we have grown up with.

A child growing up will be taught that a tomato has the label red (or rouge or rot or rojo or any of a vast number of words, according to his/her native language). Over time we come to expect a tomato will be red. In other words, we link object and label together. We perceive meaning by association.

Colour is nothing more than particular wavelengths of light, received by the eye, then passed to the appropriate area of the brain, which interprets it. White light is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which our eyes can detect.

It splits up into its component parts, received by our eyes and interpreted by our brains as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The aniwaniwa or rainbow is the supreme example of this.

Colour is energy, and as a result, its effect is far more than a mere sensory perception, an idea in our minds. Colour has the power to affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Because light is energy, it follows that we are as affected by this as we are by gamma, sound and microwave radiation.

The study of Vision, how we see, is fascinating.
Did you know?

  • We have two types of detectors in our eyes; cones, which detect colour for light above a certain level, and rods, which we use to see in the dark. That is why we do not see colour in the dark.
  • The human eye is most sensitive to yellow.
  • There are 3 types of cones; red, green and blue. The brain works out the other colours.
  • Roughly 12% of men are colour-blind; that is, they are deficient in one or more of the colour receptors which make up the cones. Women do not usually suffer from colour blindness. However, roughly the same percentage of women have an extra receptor, somewhere in the orange area of the spectrum.
  • There are no cones over the optic nerve. The brain interpolates (fills in the gaps).
  • In photographic terms, the natural aperture of the human eye is f3.5, and its ISO is 800.

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