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Welcome to a Week of Practices Exploring COLOR

Color surrounds us in our daily lives. We choose colors to decorate our homes, as well as for our clothing and accessories.

Light impacts how we see color; colors in our environment may appear brighter or more subdued depending on the time of day. Generally, yellow is the brightest color, however in certain light just before dusk, green can seem to glow in a distinct way.

As we begin to talk about colors, we can describe them with a few different attributes:





Hue refers to the color name such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Value is how light or dark a color is; for example pink is very light red.

Intensity is also sometimes described as the level of saturation of a color. If you think of paint, the most intense colors are the ones right out of the tube, the least intense are the ones that have been mixed with white or gray or black to create more diluted shades and tints. I think of color intensity particularly in winter on gray days when a pop of intense color from a car, flower pot, or child’s coat is likely to especially stand out.

We use temperature to divided colors into warm and cool. Generally the warm colors are fire colors: red, orange, and yellow. The cool colors are water colors: green, blue and purple.

Practice - Take a Color for a Walk

Choose a color and take it with you on a walk. You might choose your color from a piece of collage paper, a paint sample, a crayon or a piece of fabric.

Before you walk, get to know your color, give it a name and think about its attributes. Is is light or dark, bright or muted. Is it a warm color or a cool color?

As you walk, record where you see this color. Notice where you see variations on the color and what environments make it stand out most brilliantly. If you prefer, you can do this activity within your home.

Photograph the places where you see this color or take notes. You can choose your parameters; maybe you want to seek only a specific shade of blue or perhaps you are seeking any variety of orange. Have fun with it and see what you notice by focusing on just one color.

Inspiration from Art: Leah Rosenberg’s Installation: Like a Multivitamin

Artist Leah Roseberg created an installation at Santa Clara Medical Center situating color in the space as a catalyst for connection and joy. See more photos of the installation at this link.

Hear interviews with the artist and medical center employees speaking about the healing properties of the space in this video.

SCVMC - "Like A Multivitamin"

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Thanks, Kathryn

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