Sunday, July 8, 2012

THE MYSTERY OF RED

Are you drawn to the color red?
I am.

If you are, as well, there's a good reason for it.
It is a powerful color. A visceral color.
It is the color in our veins and it is an immediate color.

Red lights on emergency vehicles.
Red in stop signs.
Red in warning symbols of all kinds.

Red.

It's in your art. I betcha!


The next time you are in a bookstore or library, take a look at how the books with red covers stand out. "Red books are well-read," as the saying goes.

Red is exciting.
But, it needs something.

Red is at its MOST vibrant when it is placed next to something green.
It's a color wheel thing. It's how we see it in our mind that does this.

In art, red is placed next to black. White. Blue. Anything that gives it contrast.
It lets red be at its most effective.

I heard from a nice old artist and art critic that every painting should have some red in it.
Well, that sounds extreme, but he was saying that red is that important.

Darker reds tell of a powerful force that is being kept harnessed.

If you see a classic car with bright red that looks luminescent, that's probably candle apple red over pearl white.

That's what I do when I paint my brightest reds. There is a white swash first. It dries, and then on goes the straight cad red and BAM! That's your red right there my friend.

I have more to say about it, but Sammy Hagar, the Red Rocker, says it better than I:

Song Title: Red
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Red! Red! I want red
There's no substitute for red
Red! Paint it red
Green ain't mean compared to red

You don't know what it does to me
Yeah, that crimson sin intensity
I'm haunted by the mystery
Yeah, yeah, the mystery
Of red, red, red

Red! Red knocks 'em dead
Some like it hot-tah
I like it red

Red's my lover, got me covered
Red's my number and he's a commer
Red's my drummer, I hear his thunder
Move over brother, red is a mother
He's a mother

Red! Red knocks 'em dead
Red, red, red, red
Red! Red! I want red
Move over brother
Move over brother

Go bop bop, go bop bop
Go bop bop, go bop! Ahhh
Go bop bop, go bop bop
Go bop bop, go bop! Uhh! Ahhh
Uhh! Ahhh! Uhh! Ahhh
Uhh! Uhhh

Whoa! Red! Red! I want red
That's what I said! That's what I said
Gimme red, red, 'cause I want red
Some like it hot, I like it red

Red! red! I want red
Gimme red! Gimme, gimme, gimme
Gimme red, red! I want red
Some like it hot, red hot red

Red! Red! I want red
Move over brother, move over brother
Red! Red! Red! I want red
Red, gimme red, gimme red, gimme red
Gimme red, red, red

Red lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
http://sammyhagar.net/

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