The Colors of Spring Present Terre Verte

Posted by on 6/27/2013 to Colors of Spring
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the Colors of Spring…
Spring is finally here, and its vibrant forecast is inspiring artists everywhere! From Stargazing lilies to Blue Hyacinths to healthy green foliage, we are surrounded by magnificent color.Colors give beauty, meaning, and life to every work of art. They are the most interesting of all art elements. A slightest change of color can alter the feeling of any composition. Each hue of color is individual and unique with its own story.

A language of its own, color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives. Color can attract your attention or change your mood. In an art piece, it speaks for who you are, how you feel, and the important message you're trying to deliver. 
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It was the brilliant Physicist and Mathematician Sir Isaac Newton who invented the first color wheel. He took white sunlight and spit it into different colored beams; blue, cyan, green, yellow, orange and red. Next, he joined the two ends of color spectrum in order to demonstrate the natural progression of colors. He also compared each color with a note of a the musical scale. Later, a man by the name of Johann Wolfgang Goethe started to investigate and study the psychological effects that color had on people. He discovered that the color of yellow has a warming effect, while the color of blue attributed a feeling of coolness and so on. 
Today we look at the color : Terra Verte   
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At , we revere color, and in order to give it the respect it deserves, we will be devoting a weekly series for our valued customers called "The Festival of Colors". Each week we explore the history of pigments, as well cultural and fun facts behind each hue. Enjoy!  Green earth, also widely known as terre verte, is primarily composed of the minerals celadonite and glauconite.The word glauconite is derived from the Greek word glaucos, originally meaning gleaming, later bluish green, and then silvery or gray. It has been in painting since ancient times.
Luscious Terra Verte Green…
Green earth pigments were often used by medieval artists for flesh undertones. This green underpainting neutralized the effect of the pinks and reds of the flesh colors. On the color wheel, the hue of green earth is the approximate complement to the pink used by medieval painters. Complementary colors neutralize each other, and this neutralization was important for medieval painters because of the materials they worked with. Paint pink and red tones of flesh directly onto white gesso would achieve a "sunburn" effect in the flesh of the figures. To neutralize the pink, painters painted a layer of green earth under the pink. The light would pierce the pink layer, then the green, and reach the white. White reflects all light colors, so the light is reflected back through the paint. Each color paint absorbed some colors, or wavelengths, of the light. Thus, as the light passed back through the paint to the viewer, the flesh tones appeared neutral.


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