The ‘pretty’ colour, that all things cutsie are made of. Think candyfloss and cupcakes, Barbie, Flamingos' and well lets not get carried away here. Pink can be a serious colour too. Coming from the red colour group, the word ‘pink’ for a colour was first recorded in the late 17th century, mainly to describe flowers of that hue more than anything else. Pink is a combination of red and white and can be anywhere from a pale baby pink to a rich bright dark magenta.
Pink is really just a softer and less violent red. While red has connotations of passion and action, pink is thought to create physical weakness in people. The colour's association with the so-called weaker sex as in pink for girls blue for boys, which started in the 1920s, may have something to do with this. Pink for men goes in and out of fashion.
Pink and red both represent love but while red is hot passion, pink is considered more the romantic and charming sort of love. Use of multiple shades of pink and light purple or other pastel shades will maintain the soft, delicate, and playful nature of pink.
Did you know that pink flamingos' are not really pink, they are actually white and get their pink colouring from the shrimp and algae they eat? Interesting huh!
All shades of pink get sophisticated when combined with black or gray although they tend to remind me of the 1980’s when used together. Try using medium to darker shades of blue for abstracts and adding hints of pink to the sky in landscapes even if there is no sunset to consider! Medium to dark green teamed with pink can be a good combination.
Interesting Art things
In 1993, artist Gioia Fonda created a conceptual piece in the form of a week long holiday called pink week. The intention of pink week is to liberate the colour pink from all dogma and simply celebrate the colour pink as a colour.
Bubblegum Pink is an installation by the artist duo Bigert & Bergstrom which "confronted you the viewer with three different mental climates" involving large amounts of pink. This mirrors the use of the colour in American prisons to calm aggressive prisoners. It features a pink cell and a carpet worn by repetitive pacing.
Artist’s Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the wooded islands in
Many of Franz West's aluminium sculptures were often painted a bright pink, for example Sexualitatssymbol (Symbol of Sexuality). West has said that the pink was intended as an "outcry to nature".
Other common names for Pink –
Fuchsia- pronounced ‘few-sha’ which is a pink/purple colour is also named after the fuchsia plant which has flowers in that colour. Fuchsia is used as an alias for electric
Magenta - is a bright hot pink colour is a mix of red and blue. The name magenta comes from the dye magenta, not from the place Magenta in
I think Pink is a great colour.
And while you’re here - Touching on Colour Mixing
Posted: Wednesday 27 January 2010