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Looking at Violet

January 28, 2017

Violet can be as dark as the night or as pale as pearls. Since it can be such a dark color in pigment, there are so many possibilities of tints using this magical color. There is a wide range of Violet (Purple) colors that are mixtures of colors anywhere between red and blue. Purple has been known as a color since ancient times and was named as such in the English language since 975 or thereabouts.  The name Violet was first recorded as a name in England in 1370. In the language of Color, both names could be used interchangeably.  A particular color, in past times was often associated with the object itself.  For example – the flowers violet and viola.  There is no need to be a purist about finding an exact color to match its name. People perceive color names differently.  Come April and May, you can look for yourself (if you live in the climate where violet (purple) flowers grow.  If you don’t, most of my violet/ purple photos are from this time period in Washington State.  Sometimes you can see the colors red violet, violet and blue violet in one flower.  Pair this flower with green leaves surrounding it and you have a terrific color scheme, or try its complement yellow to see what you get. You will see a number of other unlikely colors that are striking next to violet in the photos below. Thanks to our students for showing their paper and stitched fabric art on this blog. Gail Harker

To learn more about color consider Level 1 Color Studies or Level 1 Color Studies Online.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2017 1:50 am

    What a beautiful selection of color schemes with violet!

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    January 28, 2017 2:17 am

    Luscious! So many shades and intensities of just one color! Thank you!

  3. Gloria Shelton permalink
    January 31, 2017 11:50 pm

    Delicious! Thanks you for all the wonderful ways see violet.

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