Research # 1 ~ FIRE

In August I will be doing research on the classical elements, a different one each week. Learning and exploring all that I can about each particular element, seeing how it applies in my creative process.


During the week all of the writing and art that I create will be based in concepts surrounding the current element. I will also be working with and creating with those colors that I associate with that element.


For the first week in August the element is FIRE.


The colors that are used for this week




Four things that I have learned about Fire that I did not know…

1.)  You can determine the temperature of the flame by the color.

2.)  Fire is an event, not a thing. Heating wood or other fuel releases volatile vapors that can rapidly combust with oxygen in the air; the resulting incandescent bloom of gas further heats the fuel, releasing more vapors and perpetuating the cycle.

3.)  A candle flame typically burns at around 1000 degrees Celsius (1800 Fahrenheit).

4.)  On Earth, gravity determines how the flame burns. All the hot gases in the flame are much hotter (and less dense) than the surrounding air, so they move upward toward lower pressure. This is why fire typically spreads upward, and it’s also why flames are always “pointed” at the top. If you were to light a fire in a microgravity environment, say onboard the space shuttle, it would form a sphere!


Common phrases the use the word ‘Fire”

Add fuel to the fire

Out of the frying pan into the fire

If you play with fire, you get burned

Fight fire with fire

Have too many irons in the fire


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