Tuesday, August 16, 2011


A QUICK LESSON IN COLOR 101: For us gardeners, we can use the artist's pallet to think of color: There are six pure hues. They are the colors that contain no white, black or gray. Three are primary colors--red, yellow and blue.  They can't be produced by any of the other hues.  Three are secondary hues--green, orange and violet--and they result from various mixtures of the primary hues--thus, the name secondary.   That basic wheel, consisting of those 6 hues, can be expanded to make a more complex wheel of colors--actually an infinite amount!  VALUE is the relative lightness or darkness of a color. If you add white, it will be lighter than the original hue, and that's called a TINT. If you add black, it becomes darker, and that's called a SHADE. SATURATION, or intensity, is just one of the attributes of color. It describes the brightness or the dullness of a particular hue.  When gray is added to a pure hue, it becomes less saturated. One side of the wheel is warm--red, orange and yellow. These colors tend to be stimulating and dynamic; they advance visually. The other side are cool colors--green, blue and violet. Cool colors make us feel calm or have a quieting effect; cool colors recede. When planning floral arrangements, it's fun to use this knowledge in creating color schemes that feature some of these thoughts on color. The arrangement I did yesterday emphasized a single color--pink. By adding white, there are many different pink tints, as well as different saturations--by adding gray to the pure pink hue.  It would be considered to be a harmonious arrangement--centered on one hue (pink) and includes various tints, shades, and variations in saturation found in the hue, close together on the wheel. 

Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

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