Exercise 1

Experimenting with colour

To explore the spatial effects of particular colours, I have drawn a simple perspective showing the far end of a room with two walls either side, a ceiling, a window and a floor. I made six copies of this drawing and then painted each space using acrylic paint with similar or different colours, I chose to work with 3 different shades of green, black, brown, yellow, orange and blue. To be honest I didn’t have any other different colours in my paint box and so I was limited but I think I’ve managed to create different perspectives of the same space. I covered all five other rooms with a piece of paper so that I could get a better idea of how I felt the room and the colours made me feel. I have added the images below and given each one a letter with my comments alongside each one. Each of the spaces look different and this is because of the use of colour, the shade of colour, the darker the shade the more dramatic the space looks but not necessarily the most impressive or attractive.

Fig. 1 – A collection of six identical sized rooms painted in different colours to show different perspectives
Fig. 2 A A black wall at the back of the room doesn’t draw me in, it makes me stop and consider the brighter colours on the wall and the ceiling but walk not further, the room feels longer.
Fig. 3 – B I’m drawn straight way to the back wall and enjoying the journey of the bright yellow on the floor, the green walls direct my eye to the back while the blue ceiling adds mystery and an outdoor feeling.
Fig. 4 – C This room somehow feels longer, not sure whether its the white wall to the left or the dark brown floor all the while my eye is drawn to the orange wall at the back.
Fig. 5 – D This perspective makes me consider the environment, the green and blue tones are the reason for that but it feels jolly!
Fig. 6 – E I’m confused by the left wall and the floor, they are both the same colour and merge as one but it feels disjointed and shorter than the other rooms.
Fig. 7 – F This perspective makes me feel happy, the bright yellow and orange tones fill my heart and the two yellow tones adjacent to each other work much better than the darker shades in room E. The room also feels longer.

I enjoyed this exercise, it gave me a chance to work with colours that I wouldn’t normally consider painting on walls, floors and ceilings. It’s also reminded me of an exhibition that I attended recently, The Van Gogh Exhibition, The Immersive experience. One of his famously painted rooms is full of colour but was shown in three different perspectives. The furniture pieces have different brightness and colour contrast. As Van Gogh says “paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul”. The rooms are almost identical but by changing the pigmentation of the paint colours changes the whole perspective of the image.

Fig. 8 – An image at the Vincent Van Gogh Immersive Experience Exhibition
Fig. 9 – A Vincent Van Gogh Painting at the Exhibition

What a wonderful quote, ‘What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.’ Having learnt about colour and chromophobia in this part of the unit has reinforced my love of colour and encouraged me to believe in the use of colour and learn when it’s the right time and design to do so.


Fig. 1 – 7 My own drawings and paintings of a room perspective

Fig. 8 and 9 – My own photographs taken at the Vincent Van Gogh Immersive Experience Exhibition 2022

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