February – Black

Colour Project – Black Part 1

Without black, no colour has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there’s shadow – no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that’s real”  – Amy Grant

“People can have the Model T in any colour as long as it’s black”  – Henry Ford

Jet, Charcoal, Blackberry, Blackwork, Silhouette, Darkness, Burnt, Long Black, Black Death, Onyx, Carbon, Dark, Shadows, Morning, Ebony, Blackout, Black Tie, Pitch black, Black Sheep, Black Comedy, Blacksmith, Little Black Book, Soot, Blackcurrant, Ink, Kohl, Black Holes, Black Pepper, Black Adder, Black & Blue, Dark Arts, Black Pudding, Black Magic, Black Forrest Cake, Black Dog, Black Belt, night,

Black does not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum. It absorbs all such light frequencies. It symbolizes authority, seriousness, formality, elegance, rarity, but also depression, crisis, tragedy, underground, mystery, evil, secrecy, morning and death (in Western Culture)

Pigments or dyes that absorb light rather than reflect it back “look black” to the eye. Black paints and inks have been made from dead bodies, soot mixed with gum, oil or lacquer resin, oak galls, coal, bones… (source Colour:Travels through the Paintbox by Victoria Finlay)

“Black is real sensation, even if it is produced by entire absence of light. The sensation of black is distinctly different from the lack of all sensations” – Hermann Von Helmhoz

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