What is Color?

2560x1600-magenta-process-solid-color-backgroundDo you know that there are some colors that don’t exist? There are some colors that are completely imaginary. Magenta is one of them.

The article below caught my interest. It appeared on the The MondayMorningMemo© of Roy H. Williams, The Wizard of Ads®

Your eyes contain three kinds of cone cells whose job is to detect certain wavelengths of light. One of these sees only blue. Another sees only green. The third sees only red. There are no cone cells to see yellow, green, orange or any of the other colors.


Mix any two colors on the spectrum and you get the color in between. (Keep in mind that we’re mixing light waves, not paints, inks or dyes.)

Mix green light and blue light and you get cyan, the color in between.

Mix red light and green light and you get yellow. Again, the color in between. Here’s what’s happening: the wavelength of yellow light is close to green and it’s also close to red, so both your “grend” and your “red” cones send a partial signal to your wonderful, amazing brain. It somehow realizes these lightwaves are in between the wavelengths of red and green and BINGO! You see yellow.

Now take a look at the extreme ends of the spectrum where the shortest wavelengths are blue and the longest are red. If your blue cones are sending a partial signal and your red cones are sending a partial signal, this should mean you’re seeing the color in between blue and red, right? But green is between blue and red! And the eye has dedicated cones for seeing green!

What your brain “sees” in this instance is magenta, a completely imaginary color. If your brain had a name for magenta, it would probably be “the absence of green.” This might explain why some people are color blind.

Color is a language, a mystery beyond words.

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Custom Quotes are Available for Message in a Petal Prints


A good friend of mine called me up last week about an early Christmas idea for her son.  She wanted a butterfly print with a custom quote. One of her son’s favorite quotes is “Living the Dream”, so I put some samples together for her and she found one that she liked.  Yea, I was so pleased that I could help her out.

I can design a custom quote on any of my artwork.  This is a great idea for the holidays.  Metal prints can be displayed outdoors and are lightweight and do not require a frame. They are beautiful wall decor for home and office.   Below is the print that Kathy purchased.


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Life Quote from an Old Movie Star

Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) was one of the only actors who have have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.  She was a fashion icon during Hollywood’s Golden Years and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful woman ever born. She appeared in many movies and Broadway plays however Hepburn appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organization since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly impoverished communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

Her quote “Nothing is Impossible; the word says I’m Possible” was surely her mantra during her short 63 year lifetime. Her life quote shows that nothing is impossible.

Life Quote About Listening

Motivational_quote_listenListening, as simplistic as it may seem,  is a skill that sometimes has to be learned and practiced. Listening is an important skill for all walks of life – from parents to sales people.

I paired today’s quote with the image on the left. I photographed the waterfall in the Fall of 2014 at Amicalola Falls in the North Georgia Mountains. It was a peaceful scene amidst the sound of the rushing water.  I heard nothing else but the roar of the waterfall; there was silence in the air as we watched the volumes of water come pouring down the rocks.  I listened to the sounds which became more intense as I became awed with the magnificent beauty and vastness of the waterfall.

As I listen to people, I pretend a waterfall is between us and I enjoy the listen.