Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Colors of inspiration

There’s something extraordinary in the way sunlight glows through colored leaves. I often wonder if this was the original inspiration for stained glass.

According to a history I found online, stained glass was first used by wealthy Romans around the 1st century A.D. Here’s more info for those of you who are curious.

Sunlight shining through stained glass has the appearance of colored light. But the light we see as “white” is already filled with color. Here’s a little experiment you can do with your kids (or friends).

And finally, some reflections about color:

The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
~ Hans Hoffman


Katie said...

Lovely leaves! Nice that you still have some color there. Do you get much snow in the winter?

Ms M said...

Hi Katie,
Most of the leaves are gone by the end of November; this year, we had a warmer fall than usual, so some are still around. We don't get much snow in Boise, but we do in the foothills and mountains. There's a small ski resort, Bogus Basin, 30 minutes from Boise.
Hope you're having a good break :-)