The cartoon sky of Harrison Cody’s Peter Rabbit tin plate is greener than the sky we observe overhead. But it evokes the spring we’re patiently anticipating after this year’s long winter. The warmth of April’s greenish blue has more yellow than the cooler atmosphere of nature’s sky, but contrasted behind the happy antics of Peter’s characters it does signal childhood contentment, another example of color sensations as more than exclusively visual.
Color of the Month
Colors of the Month are inspired by new discoveries and possibilities.
SHOP COLORS OF THE MONTH
The fluid light where ocean and land connect reveals strong shifts between warm and cool colors. We especially love watching how this constant change amplifies the depth of the beaches’ grasses. Our March color formulation mimics the effects of this changing illumination combining warm sandy highlights with cool violet recesses to arrive at the atmospheric depth of our violet gray.
This gray is the result of my wife, Taffy, and I working together on our own apartment. We needed a restful hue, subtly interacting with the wool carpet, a slightly warmer color on the ceiling, and just the right background for our antique cream shutters. We got there without using black or opaque earth pigments, to preserve the maximum play with changing light.
We were drawn to the seasonal affinity of James Wyatt´s neoclassical ceiling decoration, and how his red loci enlivens his quiet green. It demonstrates that for architectural color, context is crucial, and that colors for decoration flourish with their complements.
Sheen can make a black wall into specular magic. In a flat finish, black evokes a void, but as its sheen increases so does black's special dynamism. Even subtle brush or roller marks, on the painted surface, create scintillating patches of multicolored light.