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Friday, 13 April 2012

When Colors Collide

“A Young girl of 6 with dark eyes, she gazes intently at the palette of color brought to her. She looks around to her classmates to share her happiness that she feels when she sees vibrant hues that look so much more appealing that dull classroom settings. She notices the black and white strategically placed at two separate ends, ensuring they wouldn’t mix, and  a periphery of rainbow colors besides them. The bowl of water next to her, crystal clear, eventually turning deep black with the color that will fall in it, in a matter of seconds dissolving itself completely.

And then comes her first canvas sheet, clean and crisp,
Her set of brushes , fine to the tip
Instructions given to use one color at a time,
Sigh! Meaningless she thought, let my colors collide…

And so her world is created and the voices around her, fade away….
A stroke of red here, a stroke of green there, she had no interest in seeing. She allowed her mind to run free as she explored the various color possibilities that could be created by simple blends and mixtures.

She begins, with a tinge of red and a drop of green, all by magic it turns yellow. Just a shade darker to the sun she believes.
Turquoise and Yellow combine to form brilliant hues of green.. Thrilled at her discovery, it was spring outside as she heard the leaves rustle on tall trees.
The red and yellow combined to give a malt chocolate brown, rich, eatable almost, candy that she fancied.

The water was filthy, just as how she imagined it to be, The canvas was sprayed with shades the others hadn’t seen, and she was going to go for the final. She quietly reaches out to the opposites at the two ends. The black and white needs to be closer , after all they also need to blend in harmony.
And she dissolves a little more, a little more with some trickles of water and sees the color shes just achieved. Unaware of the name , it looked familiar and she looks around to see if theres any object matching to it, until the flooring came close. She gave the final strokes and outlines with what she knows today as “Grey” and her canvas was complete.”

The process of creating colors for the girl was not simple, though it may seem ordinary to us today. How many of us pay attention to the variety of shades and tints that seem to exist around us as we walk on the street, as we work, as we watch television. Its something our eyes are used to and the magick for that girl doesn’t seem to dwell in us anymore.

This world is full with color and  should be a part of our everyday life,. Colour is all around us everywhere. This wonderful planet does not contain all the beautiful colours of the rainbow without reason. Nature and its colours are not simply here by chance, everything in nature is here for a purpose. Colour is no exception. Whether it’s the 4 cardinal points having symbolic colors or seasons that their own colors like white green and pink for spring or maybe yellow orange and gold for autumn, almost everything in the world that exists is indicated through specific colors to give it beauty. Color in life can give us a new spirit and a heightened sense of creativity.

Not only external but from time immemorial, colors have been credited with miraculous healing powers. Sages of ancient India discovered how the unique vibration of each color could help heal ailments, and this knowledge was later codified in the Vedas.
In the Egypt of yore, temples had special 
healing rooms where the sun dispersed the seven colors of the rainbow. Today, this ancient healing technique is making a popular comeback under the label of chromo therapy.

An interesting subject of philosophical meditation, from ancient times color carried definite information and was widely used in folk arts.
Artists use colors to transfer different period of human like. Blues greens lilac red correspond to youth and early years, full of energy, vibrant, full of love. Where as browns, dark blues and grays symbolize old age, death and a period of rest.
As for abstract conditions of human mind all nations come to common vision of color and its meaning. For example, white means peace and calmness, dark blue calls to dialogue, red is a symbol of love..

Ill end this by stating something that I read sometime back:-
"Color describes human life in all acts of human mind. Color reveals all sides of human existence from Creation to Destruction. It defines the person and his relation to himself, life, people and events which come to a person on way of development of his own consciousness and being. Color is logic , psychology , philosophy and aesthetics of human life."

I personally hope each of you’ll reading this allow your life to be filled with color. Let the hues touch you and enjoy the sensations it brings to your heart mind and soul, for we humans have the ability to understand that the world is beautiful with it all its Color Collisions!

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