Sunday, January 30, 2011
purple and yellow
Sometimes the gods have no taste at all. They allow sunrises and sunsets in ridiculous pink and blue hues that any professional artist would dismiss as the work of some enthsiastic amateur who'd never looked at a real sunset. (Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time)
Very true. And an artist given a task of inventing a flower will probably shy away from combining complementaries - purple and yellow. They clash, plus if you actually let those hues run into each other in, for example, watercolor, you will get a muddy shade of neutral.
Red rose will similarly have little chance of coming into existence if it had to be re-invented. Although some green and red mixtures give really intense black, which is a lot nicer'n mud any time, except possibly four am, when nothing matters anyway.
Incidentally, I really like Terry Pratchett books. Not the latest ones, mind you, but there are a few novels in discworld series that are my firm favourites - I have copies and re-read them from time to time.
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