When I was young, I was nearly blind. Because I could draw faces in
light and shadow with alot of accuracy in high school, the teacher
encouraged me to take more art in college. By that time my eyes were
fixed but because I was convinced that I couldn't really see the
world as other people saw it, I worked at really being able to see.
I mean, I thought that I'd never really seen anything in my life and
knew it was my brain, not my eyes that didn't learn to see. One day,
I just did. It was glorious and I still had no idea that it wasn't
exactly the way that all people saw things. I would paint portraits
late at night and put their auras in the painting with them, and in
the morning I'd go out for a walk at dawn. The new world would just
blow me away and continuing to observe, I noticed the way I could
shift my focus back and forth between the beautiful uniform light
and the view of names and categories. But, it was mainly just the
work of matching shape and color in the painting and looking at
light in the air rather than on the object itself that made it click
That explains it. When i was young I went to study with an
Impressionist painter on Cape Cod. He taught me to see relationships
of color. i did basically what you did. Matched colors and shapes.
Mainly in the sunlight.
Relationships of color is one way to show unbelievers about the power
of the mind to influence reality. Take a gray card and put a bright
yellow shape on it. If you look at both colors together instead of
focusing on one and then the other you will see the grey looks
If you take the yellow shape off the gray and replace it with a red
one, the gray will appear greenish. The effect is not subtle. but
you have to look at the relationship and not at just one of them at a
time. It is called simultaneous contrast.
One can make the world become full of color harmonies by getting in a
good frame of mind just as you mentioned. I also noticed the
beautiful daylight colors after working indoors for a long time.