The power of Neutrals lies in their ability to support color. Without Neutrals we would quickly tire of bright colors. Texture gives Neutrals visual interest.
Cedar Shingles, 2010.
Circle Rock, Nikiski, Alaska, 2009.
The element for Neutrals is Earth. Neutrals also provide protection such as camouflage or the “safe” color to paint your house. But, a backdrop of Neutrals can dramatically shift the intensity of the other hues in the environment. Then the combinations have potential to be interesting and exciting.
New Mexico Winter, 2009.
Cook Inlet, Alaska, 2009.
Neutrals are more often associated with sadness, dreariness, or gloom. They have the power to represent uncertainty like the “gray areas” when we are not clear about what action to take next. Institutional gray holds negative Neutral power and there are many other examples of Neutrals being used to dull one’s environment. They literally suck the life out of more vibrant settings.
The Aristocrat, Arkansas, 2009.
Yet Neutrals also have the power to bring something to life, giving it context and structure. With the infinite values of brown, gray, white, and black, there are many possibilities for creating an expressive platform of palettes.
Garden Snake, 2010.
Raccoon tracks in sand, Buffalo River, 2010.
bone, ivory, buff, mushroom, chestnut, stone, wicker, taupe, khaki, drab, sandstone, soft, classic, creamy, eggshell, beige, earthy, sandy, woodsy, basic, mute.
Whale Bone detail, 2009.
Chicken Coop Door, 2009.
wood, stoneware, driftwood, fossils, rocks, wool, paper, cashmere, straw, biscuits, nutmeg, spices, seeds, barks, dried leaves, baked bread, grasses, concrete, shells, bones, sponges, oatmeal, grains, garlic, onions, mushrooms.
Homegrown Garlic, 2009.
Homegrown Shiitake, 2009.
restful, dormant, uncomplicated, quiet, rustic or refined, thick, heavy, light, airy, wisdom, soft, classic, durable, enduring quality, mature, practical, warmth or coolness, stormy, noncommittal, timelessness.
Door with White Trim,
New Mexico, 2009.