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Old 10-14-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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I have been thinking a lot about Vermeer lately, and at the same time trying to come up with a color scheme for a web site. So I decided to try to put the two thoughts together.

Decided to go looking for Vermeer images on the web. Many of the Vermeers are in poor shape, and so are the photos of them. But this is for the web, where color is whatever you can approximate, right? So I found a very nice site, Paintings of Vermeer, with large images of many of the paintings.

Mainly so I can see how these look (as they do not exactly hang together at this point), I am attaching a GIF of my samplings. (Hmmm. How bizarre. They were on a transparent background in the .ai file, and I saved the image as a .gif. Where did the black borders come from, I wonder. Some new feature of Illustrator CS2? Have to see if I can fix that later.)
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:29 PM   #2
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Where did the black borders come from

They're not visible in the enlarged thumbnail.

   
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Old 10-14-2005, 04:38 PM   #3
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They're not visible in the enlarged thumbnail.
How profoundly weird!

I will never understand computers. Never!

   
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Vermeer is very in vogue in the UK - with anyone who in anyone sedning thank you / get well cards with his pics on them
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Curious. I don't quite know how you got the color squares you have in your message, or what they do for you in getting to a web site color design.

I will be quite interested to see the result, though.
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Curious. I don't quite know how you got the colour squares you have in your message, or what they do for you in getting to a web site colour design.
David, it is relatively easy to pick colours off a displayed image using, for example, Paint Shop Pro or the ColorZilla extension for Firefox (although there may be conflicts when using this extension on FF1.0.7.) I use a simple utility program called SLUGS (Windows only) which has a colour picker and then generates a colour wheel based on the picked colour. I find that this utility allows me to see quite easily (and quickly) which colours may work together.

   
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Curious. I don't quite know how you got the color squares you have in your message, or what they do for you in getting to a web site color design.
I used a color tool with an eyedropper to sample from the Vermeers I found on the web. (I rather doubt the colors are accurate to the paintings — and know that many of the paintings are either faded or dirty, so probably do not look as they once did.)

Anyway, my theory was that a painter’s sense of color may be better than mine so why not sample from a painting. Thus the colors in the squares.

I’m not sure how much they help in choosing a web design, but I thought it was an interesting notion.

   
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Anyway, my theory was that a painter’s sense of color may be better than mine so why not sample from a painting. Thus the colors in the squares.

I’m not sure how much they help in choosing a web design, but I thought it was an interesting notion.
This palette is very appealing. Can something be both calming and lively at the same time? I think artists do work on that concept. The trick to using it is to take one of the Vermeer photos and see what proportions of these colors are used. That is, if you want to let the artist help you design. I'm sure in your art courses you've had to do that as an exercise.

   
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This palette is very appealing. Can something be both calming and lively at the same time? I think artists do work on that concept. The trick to using it is to take one of the Vermeer photos and see what proportions of these colors are used. That is, if you want to let the artist help you design.
No. I was looking for a useful yellow and thought of that gorgeous edam-cheese color that tints the light in several Vermeer paintings. And I wanted a blue that worked with it.

So I poked around and came up with that collection of colors. Considering how damaged many of the paintings are, that the images were made from photos taken under who knows what sort of conditions (or when), and that I was sampling from jpegs on the web, not bad! <g>

And it was at least as much fun as most methods of arriving at appealing colors. The best way is with paint, of course, but then I would still need to convert them to screen color. Obviously need a colorimeter! <g>

   
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No. I was looking for a useful yellow and thought of that gorgeous edam-cheese color that tints the light in several Vermeer paintings. And I wanted a blue that worked with it.
You *would* think of a food to match the color<BG> And the association works. I can see the color in my mind right away.

We obviously need ALL the expensive little gadgets. A colorimeter being just a start<ggg>

   
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