06 April 2021

Off the Petal: Fresh Flowers, Still Life & Color

  Each fresh flower bouquet this past winter and into spring has a different personality. A few of the close up/macro pitures remind me of  the Dutch Golden Age, still life flowers with the dark background. Searching the Internet for a public domain photo is also an exercise in discovery.

Dutch Golden Age Art 17th Century
Tenebrism
Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Raise of hands...How many knew what Tenebrism is without reading the link?

 

What do you do when you discover something you didn't notice that surprises you? 

After reading about the benefits of Tumeric, I tried it. Food turning a bright yellow is a happy sight. Seeing yellow elsewhere, clothes, decor and such, is cheery.  I've been a fan of yellow chiffon for ages. Yet, for my clothes and decor, there is no yellow of any shade. (I did, however, buy a floral fabric with a palest yellow background to make a dress, since I don't have one after donating my summer dresses by mistake several years ago.)

Color. I lean toward the blue denim, green, beige Earth colors. This summer, though, I think bright is in order to dust off a bit of pandemic grit.

How lean  you with color? Bright, Pastel or Varied?

20 comments:

  1. Blues and greens, particularly emerald green are my favorite. Then yellow with orange or peach. Turmeric makes a powerful fabric dye. Even when you didn't intend it.

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    1. Liz,
      Good to know tumeric dyes fabric. I can add it to the bleach spots on my clothes. lol
      Emerald is tricky because it can be a dark green or a lighter almost aqua green.

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  2. I knew of Tenebrism from art studies, and also the Tenebrae service that often takes place on Good Friday where throughout the service light is lowered and finally extinguished to symbolize Christ's death on the cross.
    For my own colours I choose cool blues and pinks, rarely yellow, although I love the springtime hues of daffodils! I'm becoming easier with yellow creeping into my garden at other seasons, too.

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    1. Lorrie,
      Thabk you. I didn't know about Tenebrae. Tenebrism I've probabky knew, but forgot.
      Daffodils being the yellow in the garden are like spring sun shinning.

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  3. I love blues but a yellow blouse is a favourite.

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    1. Marie,
      In my summer clothes, I just remembered there is a pale yellow blouse. It is quite a contrast to the 1960s, bright yellow I remember wearing...with matching tights!

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  4. when I was a kid, "lellow" was my favorite color and it is still right up there. It's just so darned happy! I tend to be a pretty bright-color kind of person. I love hot pinks and teals and bright apple green, any shade of turquoise and bright yellows and golds. I'm not all that big on pastels except as backgrounds. I like color to have a little punch to it.

    (I'm embarrassed I didn't know what tenebrism was!)

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    1. Jeanie,
      Pastel backgrounds are calming and easy to wear.
      Not knowing tenebrism...you aren't alone.

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  5. I didn't know about Tenebrism, interesting that it came from chiaroscuro. I do like the effect, the contrast of the dark with the bright flowers! I'm back and forth with colors--bright, pastel, varied. :)

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    1. Jenclair,
      Varied is now where I will be moving towards in my color wardrobe for the summer. In winter, I'll blend into the Earth colors.

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  6. My favourite colour is pink :)

    All the best Jan

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  7. Green and blue should never be seen without a colour in between ... not for me! I love blue and green :-) Then there is orange, a rich orange tinged with terracotta. I haven't raised my hand :-) keep well Amanda x

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    1. Amanda,
      No hand raised here as well.
      Terra cotta and blue are beautiful together.

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  8. I like all the colors, but a few are my favs to wear-rusty orange, a certain green-grayish green I guess, white, black, off white, purples, lavender, all blues, grays. The only pink I'm not fond of is Pepto Bis. pink. When we bought our house, the previous owner really loved that shade of pink. The kitchen and dining room were that color-I had a stomach ache until we painted over it!

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    1. Debra,
      Pepto pink is not easy to warm up to. Sorry you had to go through that.

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  9. A few years ago, I bought a Yellow flowing blouse, and I only wear it in the Summertime. It's such a cheerful color. I've seen those paintings of the flowers with the dark background that you mentioned. I actually used to have one with all roses. They kind of remind me of the Victorian era, which I love. Have a peaceful Sunday.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri,
      Those paintings are also in the Victorian era. I forgot to search that era's paintings. Thank you.

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  10. Varied colors but like the earth colors a lot ~ Happy Week to you ~ Xo


    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Happy Week to you, Carol
      Your spring photos of Cape Ann lift up my spirits!

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