Sunday, 31 May 2015
I had enormous difficulty in dealing with our latest colour. In Africa we are bombarded with colour. Wherever you look it is there everywhere you look, whether it be in our landscape from the bushveld, the semi-tropical coast in Kwa-Zulu Natal, or the Cape Winelands and everything inbetween. Snow – sometimes in the mountains but it does not stay long as the sun is sure to be evident within the next day or so. Everywhere you go whether it is to the markets with the array of the different peoples of our land dressed in bright and vivid colour in the latest fashion, African prints, or the beautiful Indian Sari’s. An amazing vibrancy in sound and colour, and added to that, the spices in heaps from Saffron to Red Hot Chilli.
Our light from an artist’s point of view is spectacular and very different from the light in the Northern climes.
Thanks go to my son, the Engineer, who came up with this idea for me, and from which comes the title of my piece.
The dictionary definition of a prism is that it is a solid whose ends are similar, equal and parallel …. a triangular prism of glass or the like for resolving “white” light into separate colours. This causes light of different colours to be refracted differently and to leave the prism at different angles, creating an effect similar to a rainbow. This can be used to separate a beam of white light into its constituent spectrum of colour.
Therefore without the beam of white light I have used, the colour would not be visible.
This is a different take on the colour we were given but I had fun and it did allow me to use the seven colours of the rainbow to illustrate this idea. After all we are called “The Rainbow Nation”.