The Enjoyment and Use of Color

The Enjoyment and Use of Color

The Enjoyment and Use of Color

The Enjoyment and Use of Color

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Color Is an Important Influence in our Surroundings. -- Color is a positive force which affects our nervous systems, probably by an electrochemical activity. Every person with normal eyesight feels its influence. This influence is based upon the stimulation of the senses which results when white light, broken by reflection or refraction into its various wave-lengths, falls upon our vision, so that instead of sombre grays we see varying hues which appear to add a kind of vitality to forms. Each hue exerts its particular effect upon us. The impressions produced by a given hue are so specific that even animals and insects appear to have marked preferences for certain colors. At least their behavior is evidently influenced by changes of color.

Enjoyment of Color Develops Rapidly with Training. -- Pleasure in color is so nearly universal that we often take it for granted that our common untrained experience, sums up its possibilities. Our enjoyment of the mere sensations of different hues and their combinations may be considerable, but it is meagre as compared with the expansion of seeing, and of consequent interest and appreciation, when we advance from the state of simple visual stimulation to an acquaintance with the ordered relations of hues, the qualities of color textures, and the harmonies of balanced . . .

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