Welcome to www.lightcoloranddarkness.org, a networking website created to further the artistic and therapeutic work of Liane Collot d’Herbois.
Our goal is to help develop awareness of this extraordinary and innovative work and to provide information on opportunities for practice and further study. We will present educational articles related to the study of Light, Color and Darkness, as well as Painting Therapy, and are open to contributions from others. Our outreach efforts include courses in the study of Light, Color & Darkness and their relationship to the human being, artistic and therapeutic charcoal drawing and veil painting.
Liane Collot d’Herbois (1907-1999) built upon the color work of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, emphasizing the creative forces of light and darkness in painting, both artistically and therapeutically. She showed how the result of the dynamic meeting of light and darkness is movement that manifests as visible color in a transparent color space. Through using the resulting laws of Light, Color and Darkness one can move beyond subjectivity into a world of greater objective significance.
Her early work with people of all ages showed her tremendous talent for seeing how constitution, temperament and illness can be revealed in one’s paintings. By working closely with Ita Wegman and other physicians, she developed her insights into a Painting Therapy based on the foundation of Anthroposophy, demonstrating the direct connection and healing possibilities of Light, Color and Darkness to the human being on all levels. Her therapeutic insights and transformative paintings have inspired doctors, therapists, artists, and those seeking a connection with spirit all over the world.
Though we use the tools and media of the visual arts, there is an important difference between Painting Therapy and traditional art therapy.
Complete texts from Lilipoh article contributors and others who have shared their experiences are included here.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Liane Collot d’Herbois in Cornwall, England in 1907, we would like to share insights collected from some of those in America who knew Liane and her work.
Pamela Whitman received her B.S. from MIT, where she studied both science and humanities. She has always sought ways to integrate these perspectives, and her work has spanned both fields, including helping to found a Waldorf School. Through Waldorf education she discovered Anthroposophy, which eventually led her to her true vocation: pioneering the artistic and therapeutic work of Liane Collot d’Herbois. She participated in the second international training in Light, Color and Darkness Painting Therapy at the Emerald Foundation in The Hague, Holland, and completed her requirements as a Painting Therapist as part of her Masters degree program in Human Development. She received her certification in Painting Therapy from the Section for Anthroposophic Medicine at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Her career and interests span the fields of science, art, spirituality, consciousness, psychology, healing and education, all of which she incorporates as a therapist, international adult educator, mentor and painter.
Feel free to contact Pamela with any questions: