Colour wheel


Colour wheel
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Recently, I've been reacquainting myself with (The New) Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain*, by Betty Edwards, and in the chapter about colour there is something about the colour wheel:

"Those of you familiar with the color wheels will notice that I have used the usual order for colors on the wheel, yellow at the top, violet at the bottom; the cool colors of green, blue-green, blue, and blue-violet on the right-side; the warm hues of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, and red on the left. I believe that this is the correct placement in terms of the complicated crossover system of the brain, the visual, and the language of art.
[...]
The left hemisphere, right eye, and the left side of the color wheel are linked to the sun, daylight, and warmth - and also to dominance, aggression, and forward movement. Conversely, the right hemisphere, left eye, and right side of the wheel are linked to the moon, nighttime, and coolness - and thus also to passivity, defensiveness, and distance. Most color wheels are oriented in this fashion, apparently purely on intuition."
(p. 236)

See the bits of text I've marked in bold?? Now look at my colour wheel from a couple of weeks ago; apparently I wasn't told that there is a usual way of making colour wheels.

In fact, mine is exactly opposite! And I did mine purely on intuition. I wonder what that means?? Perhaps my brain is 'wired' in a different way??

*An excellent book for people who think they can't draw, but would like to learn how to. I absolutely recommend it. And not only if you want to learn to draw.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:19 PM