Choosing colour schemes for statue restoration
I was in the middle of restoring this Wise man from a Nativity set (that had almost come to the end of its life,) when Mr. D, a friend of mine came to visit.
Of course the subject of colour arose, something which we like to discuss in relation to church interiors and related furnishings, including vestments.
Sometimes it is difficult to explain just exactly where a sense of colour comes from; except that " all is gift". Our gifts were not meant for us alone though; and so we must develop them as well as we can. One way I do this, is to observe nature; sketching and painting it regularly at its source.
It is in this way, an artist or designer imbibes a whole storehouse of experience to draw upon when its needed.
My sister and I always loved to paint, and when she returned from her first trip to Europe, the colours in her paintings changed. This awakened me to look at colour differently, and I am thankful to her for this epiphany.
I hope you can see the relationship between the newly painted king (centre) and the "Cerinthe Major Purpurascens" to the far right? These naturally occurring oranges and lavenders can also be seen in the sunset below.
It calls to mind the reference to king Solomon in Matthew 6:28-29 "And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil or spin; yet I tell you, even king Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these."
While this passage tells us about trusting in God's providence, it also points to God's artistry; as superior to mans.
One of the problematic things about colour - is that it can't always be described in words - it has to be experienced.
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Jeanette is a professional sculptor/fine artist and designer; husband David is a traditional upholsterer/technician.
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