Pigments and colors long primitive start represented life on earth. After the birth of Christ color is used for documenting a legend, stories told, recorded through the icon painting. A traditional palette, joyfully quiet, designed by artists hands from early centuries, made from earthen mineral pigments, used today to represent the life of Christ, biblical subjects, saints, heaven and earth. The effort to play with color in such a way that represents the life of Christ is to celebrate. “Joy, Sorrow, Joy”. We experience joy in direct response when we are followers of Christ. Joy sometimes begins with pain, to give it life, comforting to know that sorrow stays only for the ‘night’. A thunderstorm is very brief when put along the long summer day. “Pain may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
Color affects us by reflections of light that rays through a spectrum, which is unseen unless we use a prism, the beauty in color is then revealed, remains and is the gift. A gift lasting centuries long with out falter, through wars, peace, silence, outrage. Only by offering through a unique ability to be put to canvas through an artist’s eye, who swipes, pushes and brushes it with strokes to the board, creating life from dead matter. Ground dust, molecules build and refract light that make up color. We are colored, through love, joy, hard times, easy to be by life’s trials. Best color remains in us or canvas or board that leads us to Him. Color used in any form can splash across our eye’s and impress something upon its vision, a warm something beautiful. Why not light that builds up, is life giving, sacred, a gift of joy, color and light.