By Sharon Teal Coray
These are photos I took in my studio
While sitting in my studio a couple of weeks ago, I noticed I had rainbows all over the walls and floors…
Hanging in my western windows are several large crystals that I have collected.
The sun was hitting them just right and I had beautiful colors everywhere!
It made me start thinking about color.
If light creates all color and form then what is light? According to science light is electromagnetic energy that is produced by the sun in different wavelengths, all traveling at about the same speed. There are two kinds of light, one is visible and the other is invisible.
The visible light is the white light that gives us color and form. This white light is not visible to the eye until it hits an object and is reflected back to the eye by the object.
If the surface is shiny or glossy it will reflect more brightly than it would if it were dull or a satin finish. The bright highlight we see on a very shiny object is the reflection of the light rays and light source.
If the surface is dark or dull, they will absorb more light rays and reflect fewer light rays back to the eye. This absorption of the light rays creates the illusion of a deeper, darker color. Lighter colored objects will always reflect more rays and give off more brilliance of color and intensity of highlight.
Mr. Newton noticed that there were seven colors that were reflected through the prism; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.