Sometimes when I’m having a colour moment I think to myself, okay what would be the most disgusting colour to add here? Sometimes that ‘disgusting’ can turn out to be ‘surprising’ and ‘completely gorgeous.’ (Angela A’Court)
There are always a myriad of colour choices that will work in any situation, as long as the tonal value is appropriate. (Gaye Adams)
Colors speak all languages. (Joseph Addison)
Used throughout a room, orange can become surprisingly neutral, and yet it can be bright and mood-enhancing. (Jonathan Adler)
I advise students on the subject of color as follows: If it looks good enough to eat, use it. (Abe Ajay)
Colours are brighter when the mind is open. (Adriana Alarcon)
A color strategy is like a recipe for harmony – a set of color relationships that are proven to work well and can be used as a formula for building our color composition. (Mitchell Albala)
If one says ‘red’ – the name of color – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different. (Josef Albers)
It seems obvious that colors vary according to lights, because when any color is placed in the shade, it appears to be different from the same color which is located in light. Shade makes color dark, whereas light makes color bright where it strikes. (Leon Battista Alberti)
I can smell it already, what color I have on my palette… (Bill Alexander)
The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts. (James Allen)
It’s hard to live your life in color, and tell the truth in black and white. (Gregg Allman)
What Color is Love?…
Color is something we see with our eyes, but love is something we see with our heart. (Joan Walsh Anglund)
Reds, yellows and oranges conjure up sunlight and fire, while the blues and blue-greens evoke snow and ice, sea, sky and moonlight. (Anonymous)
Color is the fruit of life. (Guillaume Apollinaire)
I use very little red. I use blue, yellow, a little green, but especially… black, white and grey. There is a certain need in me for communication with human beings. Black and white is writing. (Hans Jean Arp)
Did the poet use red to symbolize blood? Anger? Lust? Or is the wheelbarrow simply red because red sounded better than black? (Jay Asher)
Every time you shift to a different color or different hue you are creating interest. It’s a subtle thing but it builds content. (Clyde Aspevig)
You don’t need a uniform color: We used a mixture of brick red, browns and grays, and then threw in seashells, branches and various types of rock, so our walls ended up looking like cave paintings! (Randy Bachman)
A variation of edges, along with the proper value, allows the artist to draw attention to or away from different areas of the painting… Likewise, use of color draws attention to an area… (Kenn Backhaus)
My father pointed to the moon and asked me what color it was. I couldn’t tell. So he told me to look at the horizon and then glance back quickly at the moon. Then I saw it: it was pale green! (Alden Baker)
The term Red Shift has been used by astronomers since, early in this century, they noticed that the light spectra of distant galaxies shifted towards the red end of the spectrum. I suggest that as memories about events recede, their ‘color’ shifts towards the warm tones. (Elizabeth Barton)
Colour is uncontainable. It effortlessly reveals the limits of language and evades our best attempts to impose a rational order on it… To work with colour is to become acutely aware of the insufficiency of language and theory – which is both disturbing and pleasurable. (David Batchelor)
It is not by his mixing and choosing, but by the shapes of his colors, and the combination of those shapes, that we recognize the colorist. Color becomes significant only when it becomes form. (Clive Bell)
The Synchromists extended and intensified Cezanne’s color-form theories, in which form was seen as a derivative of the organization of color planes, by abandoning completely the usual colors of nature, replacing them with highly saturated spectral colors and extending them into an area of purely ‘abstract’ form. (Thomas Hart Benton)
I always lay out my color in the same way so I don’t have to stop and search for the color I want. I press the paint out in long ribbons rather than blobs. It keeps the paint cleaner and less contaminated by other colors. (Linda Blondheim)
Here and there one sees the blush of wild rose haws or the warmth of orange fruit on the bittersweet, and back in the woods is the occasional twinkle of partridge berries. But they are the gem stones, the rare decorations which make the grays, the browns and the greens seem even more quiet, more completely at rest. (Hal Borland)
The colour blue – that is my colour – and the colour blue means you have left the drabness of day-to-day reality to be transported into – not a world of fantasy, it’s not a world of fantasy – but a world of freedom where you can say what you like and what you don’t like. This has been expressed forever by the colour blue, which is really sky blue. (Louise Bourgeois)
I love hot red and yet I am always in drab gray clothing. I use green sparingly in my paintings yet a large field of green grass brings tears to my eyes. Still, it all makes sense. It is a love of color and what it does for our lives. (Harley Brown)
For a warm earthy palette, add Raw Umber, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Umber and Olive Green. (Lisa Buck-Goldstein)
An artist is either good at color or good at value but rarely good at both. I focus on the tonal range, the dark-light effects, rather than the full color range of bright colors. I just don’t know what to do with all those cadmiums. (Thomas S. Buechner)
He who wishes to become a master of color must see, feel, and experience each individual color in its endless combinations with all other colors.” – Johannes Itten
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.” – RuPaul
“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” – Pablo Picass
“Color is life; for a world without color appears to us as dead. Colors are primordial ideas, the children of light.” – Johannes Itten
“Light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of color… Color itself is a degree of darkness.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.” – Marc Chagall
“Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of colors, but one paints with emotions.” – Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
“Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure.” – Van Day Truex
“Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” – Paul Cézanne
“Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.” – Wassily Kandinsky
“Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.” – Keith Crown
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde
“Colors speak all languages.” – Joseph Addison
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Colour is uncontainable. It effortlessly reveals the limits of language and evades our best attempts to impose a rational order on it… To work with colour is to become acutely aware of the insufficiency of language and theory – which is both disturbing and pleasurable.” – David Batchelor
“Each color lives by its mysterious life.
“Colors speak all languages.
“Colours are brighter when the mind is open.
“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.
“Color is the fruit of life.
“All colours will agree in the dark.
“A dominant colour possesses tremendous power in making a painting unique.
“Color… thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.
“Colour is a creative element, not a trimming.
“Color is an intense experience on its own.
“Colors express the main psychic functions of man.
“Good colour really means good taste; and ‘powerful’ colour means a reserve, to give a climax its full force, and not ‘red, white, and blue all over.
“Color, rather than shape, is more closely related to emotion.
“It almost always happens that true, but exaggerated, coloring is more agreeable than absolute coloring.
“Colour should be used to depict the three major emotions in a man’s life ? anticipation, realization and retrospection.
“Color is a matter of taste and of sensitivity.
“Colour is, on the evidence of language alone, very bound up with the feelings.
“Colour is as variable and evanescent in the form of pigment as in visible nature.
“Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.
“Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.
“Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark.