Colour Exercises - short study session

Colour : a suggested reading list and guide

Synaesthesia transferred sensation; sensation produced at a point different from the point of stimulation

Aims and Objectives:

to introduce you to formal statements of the expressive power of colour

to encourage you to explore relationships between the expressive potential of all the arts and to explore points of copmparison

to examine the relationship between colour, words and music



W.Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art ,1912 ed.,
"In recent times the arts have never been closer to one another than in this latest period of spiritual transformation. ."

The influence of Theosophy on Kandinsky


Experiments ,


simply fill in your colour impression of the following in the space provided, and be prepared to defend your choice.
Experiment 1

Colour in the days of the week.





FRIDAY .....



Experiment 2 .

The Vowels, write a number next to each; which is the most earthy in smell, the most acrid, the most beautifully perfumed.

SEE V.Nabokov's Speak Memory, Weidenfield and Nicholson London 1967


Experiment 3.

Music. Having seen the plates of two churches exuding Mozart and Gounod from Besant and Leadbeater, Thought Forms ,London Theosophical Publishing Society, 1905.



1. Philip Glass, The Photographer, songs.

the brass chords
the piano motif
the vocal refrain
gradually we became aware of a hum in the room, an electrical hum
in the room. It went MMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm
the flutes.

2. Rossini, Petite Messe Solonelle , Kirie.

3. First train through the village, Chinese traditional music.The Guo Brothers.

4, animation, colour and music, the depiction of jazz,

Matisse's book Jazz , and Norman McLaren's animated film Boogie Woogie .

5. Colour and Film , see Point Blank (John Boorman) and The Outsiders (F.F.Coppola, see also the Robert Frost poem Nothing Gold can stay .

"Generally speaking, colour directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul." Kandinsky as above.

Colour and Music SEE colour and music A.Wallace Rimington, Colour Music; The Art of Mobile Colour, Hutchinson London 1911 20 x 13.5