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What color is an electron? by turbofanatic What color is an electron? by turbofanatic
She stared into open space before turning to me.

"You do not understand yet, and I can permit you to go no further until you do."

Streams of plasma arced between her fingers.

"Color is merely the wavelength of a photon, released when an electron changes position in an atom. But what color is a lone electron? It only absorbs and releases photons in the presence of an atom's energy well. What is its color when it is alone?"

In an instant, everything became black and white.

"It has no color. Protons have no color, neutrons have no color. For color to exist they must be together. If you knew everything about electrons, protons, and neutrons it still would be nearly impossible to imagine colors, chemical bonds, DNA, self-sustaining organisms..."

She bent over and looked me in the eye. I could do nothing more but stare into one of hers.

"And you."

The color returned, with a nearly audible gasp that I may have imagined.

"Simple things become complex, complex things become simple. Do not presume that understanding things at one scale lends knowledge of the other. Always expect strangeness."

She ruffled her feathers in the golden cloudlight.

"Even metaphors will fail sometimes child, remember that."

And then she was gone.


Obsidian explains emergence in a cryptic manner, which is surprising given her general playfulness, whatever's going on must be serious :O

I finally sat myself down and finished this. The hardest part was NOT adding more detail. Photoshop and tablet.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The title demanded that this be favorited... :heart:
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Tektalox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I like our idea.
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW. awesome artwork AND serious words to consider. fantastic stuff
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
This is just unbelievably cool...I always knew there was something sinister about subatomic particles!

There's something almost Madeline L'engle about this, in a good way--the creepy/mysterious intersection between science and metaphysics, and alla that.
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Fadura-lotti Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Love that contrast between monstrosity and dainty, weirdly human hands. That'sa really interesting look.

And if you ever write a novel/story on this, I would read the hell out of it.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really have to try to write this stuff down :(

I'm glad you enjoyed anyways!
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Agrafkak Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
With a mind and creativity like that You are going to make your mark on world.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, we'll have to wait and see about that :D

Glad you liked it!
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TarawynWorldwalker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Student General Artist
At least she has a ribcage over that exposed heart now...

A very interesting set of pieces. Always expect strangeness... hrrrm.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, she's kinda got a death wish type thing going on doesn't she? At least it's not so blatant now.
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TarawynWorldwalker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Or she's very, very confident
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another plausible possibility :)
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voidrunner Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
whatever color it wants to be?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that's as good an answer as any :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HA!

Fascinating statement on the part of Obsidian, and a marvelous illustration thereof. :D
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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