January – White

Colour Project – White Part 1

White…is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirming thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…God paints in many colours; but he never paints so gorgeously, I had most said so gaudily, as when He paints in white” – GK Chesterton

For those colours which you wish to be beautiful always first prepare a pure white background”   Leonardo Da Vinci

Simple, Crystal Clear, Snow, Virtue, Calmness, Soft, Extreme, White Hot, New, Fresh, No Colour, Luminescence, Bright, Blank, Pure, Death, Light, Pearls, Neutral, Innocence, Clinical, Peace, Official, Blank Canvas, Bleached, White Light, Intense, Clean, Cold, Frost, Light, Lead White, Starting Point, White as a Ghost, Morality, Nothingness, Hygiene, Sterility, Clarity, Sophistication.

White represents purity and innocence in Western Culture, worn by brides, angels and “good guys” It represents morning and death in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Indian culture.  White is associated with peace – white doves, white ribbons, white rose and authority  – white paper, white uniforms (white collar worker, the Pope, scientists, Physicians)

White paint has been made from Chalk, Zinc, Barium, Lime, Rice, Fossilized sea creatures, Pearls, eggshells, Alabaster, Quartz, Titanium and Lead…Lead White although considered the most important colour in an artists palate for hundreds of years in Europe, was also the most harmful. It has poisoned artists, factory workers, women looking for beauty fixes and children chewing on cots… (source Colour:Travels through the Paintbox by Victoria Finlay)

The first of all single colours is white…We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no colour can be seen yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air; red for fire; and black for total darkness.” — Leonardo Da Vinci




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