Local color

DEFINITION

The actual color of an object or surface, unaffected by shadow coloring, light quality or other factors.<br><br>The actual color of an object being painted, unmodified by light or shadow. (An orange is orange)<br><br> The actual color of a form or object, uninfluenced by the effects of light or reflected color. For instance, a vase may be turquoise (the local color), but appear pale blue because of sunlight hitting it in certain places; dark blue because of areas in shadow; and many subtle color shades in certain areas because of reflected light from surrounding surfaces.<br><br>The true color of an object or a surface as seen in typical daylight, rather than its color as seen through atmosphere or interpreted by the taste or imagination of the artist. Thus the characteristic local color of a lemon is yellow.Related link: Sanford has a page defining local color. Also see aerial perspective and reflected color.

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