A Book Review
Color, it is defined as the most commonly appreciated aspects of life. The fact is, it is likely the first thing that captures the eyes of a young infant as it begins specifically aware of the environment surrounding him. Through the years of learning in schools, the factors of color is often explained within the top base only; deeply defining the constructs of what makes up color is often set aside, even considered less important for the students to be interested in. However, the fact is that color is a distinct element that makes up the real value of life. The way it is produced is a fascinating process that specifically allows the correlative connection of pigments to work together and produce pleasant visionaries that are able to send out a workable value that produce definite source of aesthetic values.
There is more than just the aesthetic value that the process of producing color is specifically able to send out as a message in relation to the crucial stages of making a distinct display of well-founded grounds defining what art is and how it is created. Divided in fourteen chapters, Phillip Ball tried to present the facts about color production and creation through his writing entitled Bright Earth: Art and the invention of Color. In this material, Ball utilizes the facts about nature to define how color is created. Through scientific support on such operations, Ball tries to bring his readers into a realization that might not have been common to them in the past.
The first chapter, The Eye of the Beholder: The Scientist in the Studio, provides a distinct description on how a scientist observes nature closely at work. Relatively, herein, the scientist is considered as the observer and nature as the actual art at work. What makes this chapter specifically able to provide the distinct presentation of the manner by which nature itself produces specifically wonderful matters that redefine life as a whole. The second chapter entitled Plucking the Rainbow on the other hand explains the physics and chemistry behind the production of color found on the presentation of the rainbow.
Humans have long been copying nature for most of the inventions that scientists make including technologies created to make provide specific ease towards the regular things that they get involved with everyday. In the third chapter entitled The Forge of Vulcan, Ball tries to provide an indicative description on how the antiquity of color technology has specifically been dependent on the actual process to which nature creates the different pigmentations of colors that are specifically able to create wonder for the human eye.
The collection of colors and the process by which they are put together is called art. The fourth chapter on Secret Recipes specifically give attention to how the connection of colors are presented in the most fascinating and even the most common creations in nature. Relatively, each creature in nature presents a wonderful distinctive artistic work on the connection of colors that blend well together. Explaining how such perfect blends occur gives this particular section of the material relatively able to provide a visionary understanding on how color expands the presentation of the aesthetic value of colors.
Overall, the presentations of the different chapters that are covered in the reading provide a distinct representation of how color is actually produced in terms that are more technical than the facts that are usually presented in class. The reading explores more than just the value of color, but dwells on how much it has changed human history and how nature itself has managed to present facts that have been proven useful for the human society. The command that Ball had in providing distinct understanding on how modern culture defines color and its value to the human society made the reading valid and reliable for reference especially in terms of defining the real value of color. Utilizing science and history as part of the overall context of the discussion, Ball was able to produce a good reference that would prove a great source for individuals who might have the interest in exploring colors further apart from the usual role it takes in providing relative aesthetics for the human eye to appreciate. With the facts presented by the author of the book regarding color and its role in human life and how nature itself provides a source of understanding on how this element of living is formed, this reading does give a new understanding on the whole concept of how art is the definite element that makes up real art; a matter that makes the elements of nature an actual art. True, the complex yet effective manner by which nature produces color talks more about the engineering design used by someone more superior who have created such system to occur to actually produce a simply yet specifically awesome element like color.