This qualitative dissertation provides an autobiographical exemplar of emergent, arts-informed inquiry, inspired by the viewing of an abstract painting that prompted a question, “What is the right red?” The topic of the right red presents a cross-disciplinary research focus within the scope of adult learning to demonstrate the potential learning that occurs when viewing art or phenomena, such as the colour red. This research employs interpretive analysis, adult learning theory, artistic research, critical reflection, and survey responses by artists and adult learners and introduces the concept of the moment of inertia. The moment of inertia—when a viewer hesitates to consider what he or she sees and what it means—is presented as a learning moment. From the viewpoint of a learner, a viewer may ask questions that lead to new insights, or meaning perspectives. The goal of this research is to encourage adult educators and adult learners, particularly those in formal learning environments, to recognize and engage moments of inertia as learning opportunities.