Have a look at Holton Rower in the process of creating his paintings.


Using Goethe's Theory of Colours (Zur Farbenlehre) as point of departure, Light Darkness and Colours takes us on a fascinating journey through the universe of colours. In 1704, Sir Isaac Newton published *Light and Refraction*, his study of the interactions between sunlight and prisms. Newton was, as a good scientist, intent on achieving objectivity, which meant studying sunlight in isolation. He thought colours were contained solely in light, and found the spectrum he was looking for. When he reproduced this experiment, Goethe found another, hidden set of colours missed by Newton. Goethe found the hidden colours in the boundaries between light and darkness. He felt, as an artist, that one could not talk about light without including darkness. Calling it 'the light-darkness polarity', Goethe made this new scientific discovery using artistic methods in conjunction with science.



The Painter Tilman stacked and piled planks of colors into increasingly sculptural constructions, until his paintings popped into fully immersive rooms.
"From 1982, when I entered the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, I focused exclusively on painting. Then, in the mid-’90s, I started to realize that I could not manifest what I was looking for— namely, to create a platform to expose the essential qualities of light and the interpretation of light in our visual system— within the common means of painting. I arrived at the understanding that one cannot paint light itself, only an image of it. I had to find another form that would allow me to work with light and its natural properties [..] I see colors as paint, as materials. Colors are vehicles to transport light— not only the idea of light, but also its physical quality, whether it be natural or artificial. In some of my earlier, more two-dimensional works, I placed two separate planes with different tonalities on top of each other, then added painted MDF in a different color at an angle at the top, bottom, or side. This creates a tilted colored plane, which acts as a reflector. It diffuses the light falling on the adjacent plane, making the physical qualities visible." Read more of the interview quoted above here.


Yoko Ono, Helmets / Pieces of Sky, Installation View, 'Between the Sky and My Head'. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2008-2009. By permission of the artist and MCA Sydney. (Artwork: Yoko Ono. Photograph: Colin Davison
Living in an apartment with no view of the sky, Yoko Ono had the idea to patch in a broadcast of the blue she was missing. Thus was born the first "Sky TV." Ono has used the sky in many other pieces as well:‘Sky has a real power,' Ms Ono says. 'I fell in love with the sky when I was about nine years old or something. And around that time, during the war, in Japan, there’s nothing that was beautiful. Cities were destroyed and in the farm they didn’t have enough food. It was a terrible time. But the sky’s the only thing that was shining – beautifully – and it never stops shining.’ (via)

VI. MONOCHROME HOME - Artist Do Ho Suh creates astounding fabric structures, and his latest is "Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" all in blue silk.

VI. TITIAN'S "Gypsy Madonna" 1510-11 Visit this site for more details about this famous painting.

VII. British Illustrator LAURA STODDARD is one of Natalie St. Martin's favorite artists. Here is a beautiful example of her clean and delicate style. This image is also a great example of contrast of proportion.

VIII. SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST & AFTER IMAGE Check out this video animation by Gala Bent and notice the way she plays with after image and simultaneous contrast.

IX. RADIO LAB ON COLORS: Season 10 Episode 13 COLOR! http://www.radiolab.org/2012/may/21/ Go to the link to listen to the entire podcast - This RADIO LAB segment is highly entertaining and very informative!