We often talk about linear perspective — the way the shape and appearance of an object changes with distance — but the phenomenon known as color perspective is equally important. How about a New Perspective on Color? Also known as “aerial perspective,” it deals with the way that distance and interference from the air alters colors in landscapes, backgrounds, and other elements of a painting.
How are colors changed by distance? Most hues begin to look more blue as they get further away. Even reds, oranges, and yellows lose vibrancy and become lighter and hazier due to the volume of air between the viewer and the object. Is this a new perspective on color? A brightly colored object will seem just as bright in contrast to nearby items, even if it is far away – but it will look a whole lot less bright in comparison to something closer to the viewer.
Weather also impacts color perspective by altering hues slightly. Cloudy conditions, sunrise, and sunset all affect the way colors appear, and an experienced artist knows to take that into account rather than painting every object as if it was near and in full sunlight.
Considering color perspective means thinking about the assumptions we make in our art. If a house is red or a tree’s leaves are green, those colors aren’t constant; they change with distance, weather, and the quality of light at a given time of day – all things that an artist needs to think about when painting for realism.
The next time you pick up a paintbrush, consider that your painting might provide future generations with information about our current society. How about a New Perspective on Color?
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Color makes our life beautiful. A beautiful painting must be harmonious with colors. So new perspective on color should obey this rule.
Colors are so beautiful. But unfortunately, I cannot distinguish other colors except red, white and black. Even so, I still love your idea of color perspective.
Color makes our life become more beautiful and potential. I mean varying colors give us different life meaning. For example, red just indicates passion while black might refer sadness.
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion.