What Makes A Perfect Color?
I've often been asked, "What makes your colors perfect?" the answer is both simple and complex at the same time.
The simple part is that colors I can count on to work perfectly are full spectrum in their pigmentation. In my collection each single color combines some elements of blue, red, and yellow and/or their complements. Just as importantly, contrary to common practice in the paint industry, I use NO black pigment to tone or darken my colors. Black is the one pigment that reflects no light; therefore it is not used. This technique more fully reflects the light range we see revealed in nature.
The complex part is the cultural and human resonance of Philip's Perfect Colors. The full spectrum pigment technique yields richly saturated and complex colors that seduce the eye with a subtlety and nuance that approaches the lighting effects admired in the work of art history's master painters. These same painters strove to translate the light they observed in the natural world around them into works of art that have endured through centuries. There are reasons for the colors we feel comfortable living with. Nature gives us the keys from the broad expanses of a hillside to the intensity of a colorful flower, and artists have helped us form a color consciousness with their masterful interpretations.
How we use color is ultimately about creating a connection to the world around us. Philip's Perfect Colors helps us more easily make that connection. The multiple pigments within each color help them gravitate towards each other and the natural world that is their ultimate source.