One of the most basic aspects in the visual arts is tint. The sense of the word I’m thinking of today is the degree of vividness of a hue or color. Tint is determined by the amount of whiteness that is “mixed” into the hue.
The arrangement in the Studio Nova frosted vase demonstrates a range of tints. All three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow show the effect of adding white to them. The natural tendency of a “blue shift” is evident here. Red becomes more pink. Blue is more pastel. Yellow moves towards green. Even the frosted quality of the vase deviates from clear to slightly blue.
The large “Teleflora” mug/vase is an almost pure cadmium yellow. The pom pom crysanthemums are a brighter yellow. A slight green is detectable in the flowers. An interesting blending of hues and tints is also evident in the reflection of the light blue-green microfiber mat onto the yellow container.
Aside from the greenery and the light blue accent stripes, tints of red are used in the third arrangement. The McCoy pitcher is glazed with a washed out reddish beige and features a pink band. The vintage silk flowers range from vivid red to complimentary pinks.
From these examples, we can readily see that the degree of tint, determines the richness of the hue.
The Blue Jay of Happiness is inspired by Auguste Rodin’s commentary on flowers. “The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”