A conversation about color, and how to see and use it.
Caramia asked me what causes golden pink light, and I didn't know, so I thought I'd start this thread so that the experts out there can weigh in. Here are some things I do know.
Color is only one thing. It's how our brains perceive the reflected light from things hitting our optic nerves. That's it. So what we are seeing is particular parts of the spectrum of colors that make up pure white light. Different substances absorb some parts of the spectrum and reflect others, and determine what we see. Light coming through trees, through glass windows, bouncing off white tables and red couches...all those things affect what we see.
Every part of the world has its own light quality, and so colors are affected by location and orientation/direction more than anything else. It has to do with the angle of the sun at different seasons and at different latitudes/longitudes, how much water is in the air, what the cloud cover does, how heavy and deep the foliage is (because tall heavy foliage reflects a lot of green into a room), how strong the sunlight is, whether the light is coming from the east or west, whether the sun is high or low in the sky....
Some people are more sensitive to some parts of the spectrum than others. I see the shades and effects of the red-to orange-to-yellow colors a little better than I see the purple-to-blue-to-green ones, and have had to train myself to see the subtleties of that part of the color wheel better. But you can train yourself to see.
Go outside and look at a cloudy sky that looks gray, and look for the color. Soon you will start to see subtle hues of purple and pink and cream and rose. Click on the link below to see John Singer Sargent portraits of women in white dresses, and white buildings on Corfu, and see all the color in the whites, and how different they are in different pictures.
Who among you can explain what makes the light in Paris pink?
Here is a link that might be useful: Sargent paintings