Feeling Color

 Birge Harrison had a belief that color can be heard. When I see his paintings, I believe he did.

Color has a vibration, it can be heard. It can be felt. Color can heal. How? Play with color and find out. Not just use color or look at color, but have a relationship with color. A serious one.

When I grab a pastel like the turquise one you can see me using below,  I know that most of the colors we see in nature are more neutral and not so prismatic as what I often use. Yet, if I select a color to paint on the canvas as I see it in nature, much duller, it doesn't come across the same when I look at it inside. It doesn't sing. It doesn't vibrate at the same frequency and I need it to feel the same as when I was outside.

I have heard color. Each color note has resonated in my body so that I recognize the feeling of a color when I am painting. Most often I need to grab a color that is a higher vibration so that when the painting is finished, the feeling is similar to what I saw outside both by my eyes and my inner being. If this doesn't make sense, I understand, as it has taken my years to try and explain it. 

When you look at color attempt to feel it in your body. Rather than experience it with your eyes, experience the sensations the color gives you within, deep within. Where in your body does it connect with you?  Look at the color red for example and figure out how that particular shade of red makes you feel. This understanding takes time and most people just won't commit to this experience so they will not comprehend fully what I believe Birge Harrison knew and used in his paintings. Each day I work to portray in my work a feeling more than a vision.

If you really love color, play with it, get to know it, see how it plays with other colors. Consider coming to one of my workshops and join me in my commitment to learning all I can about it. I am happy to share all I know with you. That also takes time.

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 Birge Harrison 

Birge Harrison 

 Linda Richichi  Coming Storm Study  5" x 7" Pastel   

Linda Richichi  Coming Storm Study  5" x 7" Pastel