Blue Light/Red Light/Yellow Light?

produce-lighting.jpgWhy does the produce look so yummy at Whole Foods? Among other things, the water mister, the display trick, the freshness of the product…the lighting is EXACTLY right!

Having the appropriate lighting in your studio may not make the produce look great, but certainly will make color matching easier on your eyes.

Twenty five years ago I took a fabulous nine week colored pencil class at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. The instructor was Lisa Semerad and the three best things about the class were:

  1. The diversity of techniques that were presented.
  2. Most of the participants had repeated the same class for two years running and we developed a real sense of supportive community.
  3. The premise of the class is that we had to finish at least one project and this included having the piece framed for our final presentation.

Lisa was a wise and inciteful teacher and I was struggling with my color combinations. Finally, one day she asked me “Do you draw at night?” Ever the night owl, of course I was drawing at night, using a fluorescent drafting light and in the light of day (incandescent lighting plus some light from the windows). My colors looked all wrong. Upon her recommendation I bought a color balanced drafting light and literally saw the colors in a new light.

The lighting you choose for your studio area is critical. Not only to be kind to your eyes, but color balanced lighting makes it a lot easier to make appropriate color decisions. There is an interesting article at the Weaver’s Guild site about lighting ergonomics and further information at the Munsell Color Science Laboratory

Personally I am not fond of color balanced OTT lights. I find the light too blue. Having the appropriate lighting in your studio may not make the produce look great, but certainly will make color matching easier on your eyes.

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