All the Pretty Colors

Daily Prompt: Roy G. Biv
Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word or image.

If I could take on another talent, it would be to paint. I admire how artists use color–ROY G. BIV (thank you WP for bringing this acronym to my attn)–to visually present the world.

The following artists–Franz Marc, the Edward Saidi Tingatinga, and Georges Seurat–all use color in very interesting ways.


Animals in Landscape by Franz MarcWhat I love about this painting by Marc is that it is a play on camouflage and so visually mimics what animals do all the time with us humans–hide in plain sight. With Marc, the colors compete for prominence, yet each manages to cooperate just enough to present the discrete images of the animals.


Tinga Tinga PaintingThe Tinga Tinga genre of painting is criticized for its stylized and idyllic representation of the African landscape. However, I love the fact that this style of painting was not founded by some high brow art school, but had a humble beginning in the person of Mr. Tingatinga who used masonite and bicycle paint to create vibrant landscapes. This style of painting isn’t tamed by color, instead it flaunts it. There is a panoply of color, but you wouldn’t know it because the harmonious compatibility is so luscious and luxurious that it taunts the beholder into forgetting that it is wildlife that is on display.


George Seurat, Pointillism Painting TechniqueThen there is George Seurat, around whom the style of Pointillism, was developed. Pointillism is a tease at the expense of the human eye. It plays upon the brain’s ability to cohere, basically bully the eye into seeing what appears as hundreds of disparate dots into an image.