Saturday, May 12, 2007

Colors of the Sun

No matter how much I read in the way of explanation, certain phenomena continue to amaze me. For instance, the concept that sunlight contains all the colors of the spectrum, and the colors of all things are determined by the way in which their particular molecular structure reflects/refracts sunlight. Consider the colors of a rainbow against a gray-green stormy sky, or the colors and patterns of Aurora Borealis. Or the hues of flowers.

Color as an inherent property of variations of molecular structure seems so marvelous, intricate and amazing a scheme to me, and so improbable. In fact, the existence of color in all its rich, gorgeous and mellifluous variations, seems entirely unlikely to unfold by virtue of the laws of science. If color is an adjunct form or system of ordering within the complexity of the universe, why such an extended nomenclature? Hence I am driven again, to believing in miracles. Not in a Biblical sense, necessarily, but in the sense of something awesome and extraordinary. Whether such miracles derive from the exigencies of evolution or by the hand of God, is beyond both my knowledge, ability, and desire to expound upon. Suffice it to say that my sense of awe is piqued by such seemingly serendipitous gifts of organized complexity.

In spite of a number of books that address the marvel of the apparently self-ordering qualities of the universe, I cannot conceive of the ubiquitous and layered complexity that makes up our world.

In this painting, "Colors of the Sun," I was paying homage to the wonder of color. Light from the sun contains all the colors in our visible spectrum. So essentially, sunlight casts layers of color all over our world. Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

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  1. Hello, Lynda!
    I'm a new member of WWAO, and I just wanted to say hello, and tell you I admire your work. Yours was one of the first websites I visited upon finding WWAO, because of the luscious image on the 'Artists' page. I love the colors and movement in your work, especially the floral forms in Anthurium and Petallurgy. I got lost in your images for quite awhile (when I was supposed to be doing my own work!). I'm a displaced New Yorker (born on LI), and a google blogger, too. Mine is called "Artventuring"--'hope you can stop by for a visit.

  2. Wow! Great piece! I love it! It shines wonderfully! Great work!

  3. I greatly enjoyed your painting. Lots of faces were recognized in your canvas and they all gazed at me. That was as lovely as the challenging. Art as if bridged the light to art's mystery. The colors voiced unexpected insights ...I have read your post very attentively (I never thought about the light in the terms of physic) thus you greatly expanded my horizons. Thank you.

  4. TOMAS - Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I've always been fascinated by the fact that the light generated by the sun, "contains" all the other colors of the spectrum. COLOR is truly a remarkable (and beautiful) phenomenon!

    In Leonard Shlain's book ART & PHYSICS, he talks about how even color is effected by relativity. It's all so interesting to learn about and ponder on....


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