colour theory


The Mystical Properties of Colour

The painting above is of Mount Baker, done in the style of Lawren Harris, founder of the Group of Seven: an artist who first painted landscapes with a critical eye and focus on an exact replica of what was before him, before abandoning that to simplifying form, interpreting landscapes through a spiritual lens.  I began to wonder about Harris and his influences, his colour theory which sits uncomfortably with mine: it was one of the issues I had doing this painting was fighting my own impulses and instead see the mountain through his eyes. Isaac Newton’s theory of colour rests in the fact that light alone is responsible for colour.  A theory he came to by setting up a prism near his window: light enters the prism and is refracted by the glass, violet is bent more than yellow and red, so the colours may be viewed separately.  His theory…