Ornamenting with Colors of House Painting
Ornamenting with Colors of House Painting
In view of the fact that the sole object in ornamenting with color is to please the eye, that organ alone must be consulted as to what is good. We have now to deal with art, not science ; with what is empirical and not what is rational. We propose to furnish rules, not reasons. That two or more colors bear to each other certain relations, when chemically or scientifically considered, is not, of itself, a good reason why, in color ornamentation, these colors may be displayed in juxtaposition with good effect. Chemistry is interesting in this connection, not because of its processes, but its results.
The theory of color is interesting, as a fact ; but it interests the intellectual, not the perceptive, faculties. A knowledge of color-harmony is intuitive, not acquired.
The faculty, where it exists, may be improved by the study of good examples ; but where the natural faculty is wanting it can not be acquired. With the man who dogmatically asserts that a thing is good be-cause it suits his taste, or want of taste, there is an end to argument.
To discuss the question of color-harmony with the stone-blind or color-blind were altogether vanity. Such have no part or lot in this matter, only to accept the rules laid down by those who possess the natural gift of distinguishing harmony in color, improved by the study of good examples.
Undue importance has been given to the place and pro-portion of colors as displayed in Nature ; but Nature’s examples are worthy of imitation only so far as they conform to the rules of harmonious combination. To assert that the combinations and contrasts of colors as displayed in natural objects must necessarily be harmonious and pleasing to the eye, were as absurd as to declare that all natural sounds must necessarily be pleasing to the ear, or all natural odors grateful to the nostrils, or natural tastes to the palate.
Again : a house, or other modern building, is not in any sense a natural object ; but, with its formal lines and angles, is artificial to the last degree ; and any attempt to give it the appearance of a natural object, by coloring it with those colors which Nature most largely displays, would be simply absurd. Nature, too, exhibits her colors and her color combinations, many of which are highly pleasing and delightful, while others are equally violent and incongruous in contrast, by the light of day ; while colors used in interior decoration are intended to have their best effect, necessarily, under subdued light, and frequently under artificial light.
Now, certain colors appear very different, when viewed by artificial light, than when seen by daylight ; and, in ornamenting with colors, provision must be made for invention and a sad want of appreciation of what is genuine in art.
In color ornamentation care must be taken, not only in the selection of the colors, but in the relative quantities or proportions which each shall bear to the other ; the latter requirement being almost equally important with the first. In the house of the writer is a chamber set apart for state purposes.
Its ample ceiling is ornamented in water-colors, the work of a so-called fresco-painter who possessed correct taste in color-harmony (all of them do not), and a hand most cunning and skillful in execution. This chamber becomes a common room when the invalid wife and mother is prostrated by one of those peculiar attacks which the doctors say require in curative treatment that the body must lie supinely.
This position would of course bring the ceiling in the direct scope of the patient’s vision. My reader will, if he can, imagine the satisfaction of the writer and his gratitude toward the artist when the patient sufferer exclaimed, in a period of convalescence : ” Oh, what a luxury to be sick in this room ! How many hours of dull pain have been brightened and made endurable by the delicacy of those lines and the sweet harmonies of those color bleeding and contrasts those exquisite shadings, which keep the mind ever in a pleasant doubt as to whether the figures be the work of the pencil or the chisel ! In 01 the many hours of my painful illness this ceiling has been an unfailing source of joy, and I have come to know how beautiful it is only by studying its lines and tracings and colors a thousand and a thousand times again !
Ornamenting with Colors of House Painting Article Source : This article courtesy should goes to House Painting Carriage Painting and Graining by John W Masury.