On the Walls: “Feeling the Effects: Photo Impressionism Explored”

Feb 2, 18 • 5enses, On the WallsNo Comments

By Robert Blood

When you were in school, you probably learned the primary colors as blue, red, and yellow. That’s all well and good for kiddos, but it’s flat wrong when it comes to how printing, let alone light, works. If you’re starting with white (which is all colors), you subtract colors convergent on cyan, magenta, and yellow. If you’re starting with black (which is no colors), you add blue, red, and green. (Incidentally, there’s much more to this and, not coincidentally, cyan, magenta, and yellow are the opposites of blue, red, and green.)

Why am I rambling on about colors like this? Well, it’s an apology because the amazing images on this page for the upcoming “Feeling the Effects: Photo Impressionism Explored” — which runs Feb. 15- March 13 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com — have been neutered by the printing process, which reduces colors to mixtures of cyan, magenta, and yellow (plus black) thus muting the more evocative end of the color spectrum.

So, with apologies to the talented Susan Walshe — who’ll be on-site 5-7 p.m. for the Feb. 23 4th Friday Art Walk artist’s reception — here are some amazing impressionistic photos that pair 19th-century French artistic sensibilities with contemporary photo-shopping.


Visit “Feeling the Effects: Photo Impressionism Explored” at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Susan Walshe’s artist reception is 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23 during the 4th Friday Art Walk.

Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com.


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