A dear friend and colleague of mine, Peggy Herrman, wrote a wonderful blog about color which I’m sharing below. Aside from being one of the most erudite conflict consultants (to people needing help, attorneys, businesses and non profits, See Doc Peg is IN); Peggy is known as ‘The Orchid Lady’ (See Orchid Ladies). She introduced me to our Floral Designer, Lindy LaMarco, and I am forever in gratitude. Lindy too knows color and how to put the most incredible combinations of living things together to make a statement which reflects the signature style of each and every one of her brides. It’s no wonder, Lindy used to work with Peggy Herrman.
Below, a treatise on color and so much more! Thank you Peggy. ~BB Webb
Colors: Emotions and Design
Color drives decisions about Orchid Ladies arrangements, just as color drives choices of garden plants. Our worlds are suffused with color; we bath in color all the time. But, I suspect most people assume color, barely stopping to consider what they are ”seeing.” This post lightly taps into 3 questions: (1) what is color? (2) what is the emotional impact of color? and (3) how do floral and garden designers use color? Answers to all three questions fill libraries, so please consider this as simply an invitation.
1. what is color? Color happens when electromagnetic light waves bounce off objects (flowers, buildings, faces, etc.) in varying lengths. Those waves strike our eyes, stimulating light receptors, our brain and emotions. Goethe described the impact of color and the color wheel, this way: “When the eye sees a color it is immediately excited and it is its nature, spontaneously and of necessity, at once to produce another, which with the original color, comprehends the whole chromatic scale.” Theory of Colours Did you know the idea of a color wheel originaled in nineteenth century France?
See the illustration below. To read the rest of Peggy’s blog, go to http://orchidladies.com/blog/?p=775
Light receptors in our eyes pick up three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. They combine in greater or lessor degrees to create all other colors. Floral artists and landscape designers depend on combos and threads of colors to help you experience harmony in a design.
You don’t see white and black on the wheel. White encompasses all other colors. Black is the total absence of color. The wheel above illustrates color families and how they blend to create endless colors. As a child did you dream of having your very own box of 64 crayolas?
2. The emotional component of color is often subconscious, and can be conscious. When driving, do you see a rainbow, pull over and smile with joy?
To read the rest of Peggy’s blog, go to http://orchidladies.com/blog/?p=775