Thanks to color we breathe.
In ancient times, it was thought that leaves possessed all secrets and that they would only tell this secrets to those able to ask. Although they still hold many secrets to be discovered, nowadays we know that only looking at them is also good for us.
Natural greens relax our tired eyes. If you work looking at a screen for long periods of time, is very recommended to look at nature for at least 5 minutes. It will do wonders for your eyes! This happens because green wavelength is the middle one, which makes it a comfortable color for the eye. It doesn't have to work so hard to perceive it.
But the most important thing about green is it's function: thanks to it we breathe.
Green pigmentation (chlorophyll) is responsible for photosynthesis. Color is the key for this complex process to happen. It has a much deeper and important role in life than just decorating our walls or making us be stylish. Color in nature works almost as a currency; it is an exchange of energy that is visible. Is Based on a math system that can be found in several color theories: the chromatic circle. Because nature is so fair, doesn't let a color monopoly to be established, You can't keep all the colors for yourself. If you take one, the one you need, you have to give back it's opposite. In the chromatic circle the colors that are opposed, in front of each other, are called Complementary Colors. Everything shows in the color is actually being rejected by the thing.
(What happens with racism if you know this? Just throwing the question out there to give it some thought ;) )
Goethe, Chevreul and Moses Harris.
Red is the direct complementary color of green. This is important to understand the actual composition of the plant and how it works. The most abundant wave is the red one and the most energetic one the blue. The two colors plants take form themselves! This allows them to have the right voltage necessary to put the oxygen machine to work.
That’s why we perceive them as green: because their inner color is red. So tricky!
This information comes handy when we make paint mixtures to obtain green shades. If we mix yellow and blue, it's very probable that the result green is going to be a weird unrealistic, artificial one. So we need to desaturate it and the best way is by adding a bit of it's complementary. Secret tip: if you first mix the color of the flower of that plant, and add a bit of that color to your green, you won't believe how similar it's going to be to the real one!. We’ll be able to unlock a huge array of natural nuances.
Revealing the secrets
There is a way to force leaves to reveal their secrets. We can consult them through a chromatography, an experiment through which we separate their complex chemical components into color stripes. In other words, we ask them to ‘write in colors’ their essence. And it's so beautiful!
By being curious, asking questions, learning, researching and experimenting we keep discovering and unweaving our world's color entanglement.