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Artist's experiments with color perception
Author(s): Jay Hannah
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Paper Abstract

It is necessary to look at each of my experimental paintings from a close distance (6 feet or less) and then look at the painting from a middle (20 feet) or a far (43 feet) or a long (65 feet) distance. Some paintings will have a strong yellow at 43 feet and no observable yellow at a close distance. Still other paintings observed at 20 feet change close-distance greens to highly saturated cyan blues. My distances are for daylight with blue sky present. In sunlight the same color changes take place at a still greater set of distances. Conversley, the same color changes do take place under an incandescent light source, but the distances become shorter than the daylight distances. Further, a black line one-eighth of an inch wide in the center of a light tint of orange-red is black at a close distance and the same black line is a bright red at the long distance of 65 feet in daylight. Below each painting is a complete set of small squares identical to each color used in the painting, and each is isolated by a white surround. These sample colors darken, but do not do not change with increased distances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1250, Perceiving, Measuring, and Using Color, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19713
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Jay Hannah, Fine Artist (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1250:
Perceiving, Measuring, and Using Color
Michael H. Brill, Editor(s)

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