A Celebration of Color!
From Sophy Laughing
Shhhh. I have a secret. I have two impediments to becoming a great artist: One, I am technically colorblind; two, I am a new “rightie” ~ due to a slight accident, I am now teaching myself to switch from my left- to my right-hand.
Living in a color-sighted world, I quickly learned that roses are red and violets are blue, socks come in pairs and are easily matched and, most of the time, clothing is labeled. If I accidentally pair an article of clothing that is not traditionally paired together, color-wise, I am often credited with making a bold statement: to which I respond with a big smile.
It wasn’t until I was given an eye test that my colorblindness was discovered. “What number do you see in the circle?” the technician asked me. “Which circle?” I responded.
The entire circle was made up of colors and apparently there was a number inside it made up of differing colors so as to see a contrast. It is contrasts and hues that I do not “see”. As much as I would love to see what others view in an impressionist painting, for example, I’m sorry to say that most of the composition fades from my view. I do not perceive light colors, and often times confuse reds and blues and purples and grays, but I am of the opinion that I imagine them in my mind’s eye.
Over the years, I have memorized hundreds of variations of colors. While I still do not recognize them, I do have an appreciation for the variances of color among objects. This aids me in choosing an appropriate color for my artwork.
In 2005, I was in an accident and ended up switching hands. A couple of years later, supporting my daughter’s interest in art, I began drawing Stick Figures. Within a couple of months, my dexterity improved, and I began drawing realistic faces, something I loved to draw as a kid. Recognizing how much people respond to color and faces, I decided to try to express myself with a face full of color! A celebration of color! …if you will.
This is my very best attempt at expressing how mixed up colors are in my own mind, but how very much I appreciate and imagine what they might look like in the minds of others. If you are a color-sighted person, I hope the colors are appealing and perhaps convey my sense of appreciation that such a medium exists that even a colorblind artist might express themselves in a world they cannot see, but can most certainly perceive.
For me, art is a matter of perception. It is something we feel, even if we can’t see it.