Good of you to pop in.
Welcome to Mindful Wednesday.
This time last week I was at the dentist having a temporary front crown replaced, because the one which had been fitted previously was entirely the wrong colour. Now call me vain if you like, but I’ve got this one for at least a year while they sort the rest of his wobbly mates out.
Want the news? THREE TIMES till we got it right.
THREE TIMES. Too dark, too light, too dark....
When it looked like it had died,
and I was a serious contender for Snaggletooth,
it was time to get back in the chair.
Then it was so bright I could have redirected traffic with a grin.
And drilling out a crown again and again AND again is quite a job.
The reason I’m sharing this with you is because it was all about the colour. The dentist couldn’t see what I could see.
Well, me and the rest of the world.
Or maybe he could but didn’t want to have to do it all again.
Actually, he’s a really really good dentist and a very nice chap, and he wouldn’t relax until I was entirely happy with the result.
Added to a very interesting fact I learned from him,
which made things a lot clearer:
When your teeth dry out, dehydrate, they go much whiter.
This happens quite quickly.
However, it takes ages - much longer - for them to rehydrate.
So, you’ve got your mouth open for ages while he’s matching up the colour;
open mouth, no moisture, your teeth dry out, and go white.
So, he matches up the colour of the crown to your dried out teeth,
which then - when you’ve left the building -
go back to the 50 year old gnashers that you’ve come to know and love. Upshot? Wrong colour.
But it got me thinking.
About colour. What you see. What I see.
Is the green grass I see the same colour green grass you see?
As artists, this is a very pertinent question, don’t you think?
And one which can’t easily be answered.
How can I ever know which colour you see?
Unless we were given a chart with a hundred different greens,
then asked to marry up which green I thought matched the grass and which green YOU thought matched.
Anyway, the mind boggles.
So I did a little research about colour blindness too.
Eye doctors use Ishihara plates to screen patients for colour vision problems. Someone with a red-green colour deficiency may not see the red number in this example.
If you are thinking “what red numbers?”
it may be time to get ’em checked! Although to be honest, a colour blind test only really applies when somebody is considering a profession where accurate colour perception is essential.
LIKE A DENTIST.
Here are some facts about colour blindness:
Colour blindness can occur in men and women,
but is much more common in men.
The Facebook logo is blue because Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green colour blindness
Complete colour blindness, where an individual sees just grey and black, is actually very rare.
Colour blindness can passed on through genetics, but can also be caused by ageing, retina damage or eye diseases.
Colour blind individuals are denied driver’s licenses in Romania and Turkey for fear that they cannot read traffic signals.
During WWII, colour blind individuals were believed to have in advantage because of their inability to see the colour green. This was believed to help them see through camouflage.
Rabbits, dog and cats can see mostly grey shades.
Bees and butterflies have superior colour vision and are able to see hues that the human eye cannot perceive.
Individuals that suffer from red green colour blindness may have trouble determining if their meat is cooked enough.
The inability to see shades of red makes it difficult to tell.
Did you know that there are symbols which help people with colour blindness to identify colour. It can’t show them the colour, but at least they know what others can see.
When we were at the trade Show in Frankfurt a month ago,
we met some really nice Portuguese guys who own a pencil factory. They specialise in helping colour blind or colour deficient artists to identify colour and be creative despite their disability.
They even gave me a set of pencils, because I was fascinated about the symbols and how logical it made colour identification.
On the back of the pack, you can see how it works...
Hang on, let’s get in closer.
Check out the circles bottom left.
That tells you EXACTLY how to blend colours.
And you don’t even have to speak Portuguese!
Each pencil has symbols on it to help the artist understand and identify.
Isn’t that brilliant?
There you have it.
Seeing the world through another person’s eyes for a moment.
Different colours, perceptions, reactions, impressions, triggers
- the list goes on.
We all see things differently, and at so many different levels.
Not just colour.
If you do know a person who struggles with colour but wants to colour in, then these pencils and their box may present a solution.
I hope that was of interest to you.
Amazing how I can ramble from a visit to the dentist to a pencil factory in Portugal....
Love & hugs,