8 Insane (But True) Things about Painting

  1. 8 Insane but true things about paintingThe color purple became associated with royalty when the pigment became so expensive only the wealthy could afford it! The dye was so costly to produce. Queen Elizabeth also forbid anyone outside of the royalty circle to wear the expensive color.
  2. The White House is white because of the original lime-based whitewash that was used to protect its porous stone surface. Every year they paint the white house its original white to continue the tradition. Plus, who would live in The White House if it wasn’t white?
  3. The Greek philosopher Plato is credited with the discovery that you can mix two different paint colors together to produce a third color. Check out Plato’s Theory of Colours in the Timaeus for more information!
  4. The first interior painting was done roughly 40,000 years ago in what is now France by prehistoric cave dwellers, who employed stencils in some of the work and even “spray-painted” by blowing paint through hollow bird bones.
  5. Various paint colors can help the body heal itself. There are methods of color therapy with soothing paint colors that encourage healing spiritually.
  6. Among the Aztecs, red pigmented paint was regarded as more valuable than gold.
  7. Many Native American tribes used black paint to signify life and yellow paint to signify death.
  8. The “color wheel” is older than the United States! It was developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1706. The color wheel creator Isaac Newton, also founded Calculus. The color wheel allows us to create palettes more attractive to the eye.