Monday, July 19, 2010

Complimentary Colors

Photo taken of clouds just before the hot summer night sunset on July 18, 2010.
"And then they shall look for me, and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels;
and he that watches not for me shall be cut off."
Doctrine and Covenants 45: 44

I have really enjoyed looking up at the sky lately. I don't think we look heavenward as much as we should. Seems like we are too distracted and looking at our cellphones, computer screens, and televisions. Suggestion: Nothing is better than lying on the grass on a hot summer's evening and watching the colors on the clouds as the sun goes down. The brillant blue and the golden orange in the sky are actually complimentary colors (for those who are familiar with the color wheel; Complimentary colors are pairs of colors that are "opposite" hues ). Van Gogh predominantly used these two colors, blue and orange, in many of his paintings including his famous self portrait.

The use of complimentary colors is aesthtically pleasing because when placed next to each other, the complements make each other appear brighter. A lesson can be learned with the husband and wife relationship. Are those marital relationships "brighter" when they compliment each other?

Interesting to note: If you stare at one of the single complimentary colors for a sustained period of time (for example: blue), then look at a white surface, an "afterimage" of the complimentary color will appear (in this case: orange)

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