One of the great dividends of darkness is increased sensitivity to the light
The skies are mostly gray, the skeleton trees look flat and black against the horizon, and nature takes on her palette of new neutrals. Nowhere is this neutrality more intense than in the cities, where the pavements, walkways and even the stone buildings merge into a sepia- toned picture.
Against this neutral backdrop, every brush of color emerges with an increased intensity , standing out like the bold stroke of a highlighter pen, saying “notice me”. Here it is the red awning of a neighborhood cafe.
And notice I did recently in Paris, looking into every window and around every corner, searching for and finding color at every turn. Paris is a feast of colors, no matter what the season.
Rainbows of Candy
Rainbows of Flowers in the Street Markets . . .
. . . the Paint Pots at Sennelier Art Store
Vintage Pottery at the Flea Market
Ballet Flats at the Repetto Store . . .
how's this for a Color Wheel?
Blue in A Bottle
Blue on the street
Blue in the River and Sky
Red in the Cafe
Red in the Bon Marche, there's those shoes again!
ORANGE & YELLOW
Yellow and Orange at the Morning Market
At the Cafe
On the Deli Storefront
And Finally, a pastel pile of meringues . . .
"Why do two colors , put next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint." picasso
I do hope that's not true- as I still hold out hope that I CAN learn to paint if I keep trying . . . . I can only hope
Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.