My friend, Nancy, is another gifted artist. She recently sent me the information about a class she is taking on color and posted her color wheel on her blog. It reminded me of doing my first color wheel - in my early 40s! I may just have to get some paints and do some more just for fun.
When I did the first wheel, the instructor came over and remarked how unusual my colors were. I said that they were most likely the same as everyone else's - until I looked around at other wheels. I was startled to see how pale some people saw color and how vibrantly I did. I kind of felt sorry for some of the students - color is so intense for me. It's like intense fragrance, intensely flavored food, intense feelings.
Intense - very descriptive of this 7 year old witch!
Here's something that Georgia O'Keefe said, which I like:
I know I cannot paint a flower. I cannot paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning, but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.