Fluorescent colour lighter than white?
What is fluorence anyway, and is fluorescent colour lighter than white?
Donald D Hoffman defines fluorence as “white that is whiter than white, a super white that almost glows”. I don’t know how I got into painting with fluorescent colours. I think this painting in 2011 may have been my first foray. I have been almost unable to put them down since then. They have a unatural quality, as if rather than reflecting light they generate it. And they seem to affect the whites. Since starting out with the flourescent colours I have also been including more white in my work, mostly the white of the primed canvas. In the above painting I noticed during the process of making it that, in certain lights, the white takes on a blueish grey tinge.
I wanted the white to glow as a colour in this painting that also contains a band of flourescent red
…and in this one, the flourescent colours seem to out light (or maybe out bright) the white, so that it starts to look more towards grey
and perhaps in this drawing also
Hence my question, is flourescent colour lighter (brighter) than white?