Colours of Life…

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“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
Georgia O’Keeffe

Colours

A Vancouver spring is all about colour and rain.  Everywhere I go my camera comes with me because timing is everything.  The first to awake are the crocuses, then daffodils, tulips and now azaleas and rhododendrons.  Just the other day,  I was so excited about taking a photo that I literally fell into the garden as I was bending over to capture a subtle yellow flower.

Our lives are surrounded by colour.  As children, we see blue for the sky and sea, green for grass and trees, browns for the warmth of Earth, yellow for the brightness of the Sun. We intuitively seek colour in our gardens, paintings, photographs, home designs and clothing.  Our moods and attitudes are profoundly influenced by the colours around us.  From the very beginning, we have linked colour to seasons, planets, the elements of wind, earth, sky and fire. In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path between Earth and Heaven; in Norse mythology a rainbow connects the realms of Ásgard, home of the gods, and Midgard, home of the humans,

This week I want to focus on our creative relationship with a colourful world.  Edouard Manet once said, “There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”  Paul Cezanne agreed, “Pure drawing is an abstraction.  Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.”

In the end, we are all the children of nature, always searching for the colours of life.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

27 thoughts on “Colours of Life…

  1. Our world is colorful and fragrant as well. Tulips, ‘Florida causa’, lilacs, horse chestnuts, plum trees are blooming simultaneously in Kazimierz Dolny.

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  2. Another topic I really love, Gemstones are all about color!
    Iris was the personification of the Rainbow in Greek Mythology and also was the path that connected the Human race with the Gods.

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  3. What a glorious post, with glorious colour to send me on my day thank you, accompanied by such a large grin at the thought of you toppling into the flower bed in search of the perfect picture. I’m sure this must have happened to other great artists over the years so you will be in good company 🙂

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    • My husband thought I had been swallowed up by the foliage. One minute I was standing the next minute I had disappeared completely from view. A garden con consume us…quite literally.

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  4. That is so sweet; that you fell in to the garden whilst taking your photo. Hope no one was damaged! Reminds me of my grandfather going out to look at the stars one night. He didn’t come inside for ages so my aunt went to look for him and found he had toppled over backwards and was now lying on the ground seeing stars.

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    • I laughed out loud when I read you comments. As I was picking myself up, I remembered Alice in Wonderland. This is my favourite song from Disney’s rendition…

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    • Thank you so much!! I am looking forward to it to!! Who knows where we will end up….that’s the beauty of an adventure…

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  5. These notes are amazing. Filled my lungs with a special air ! I love Georgia O’Keeffe !

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    • Me too! I am planning to read one of the many biographies of her life this year!! Thanks for your visit!

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  6. I remember one of my teachers who taught us to mix colors!! Oh, oh, what an experience! And fun! “From taking a bit of red and a bit of yellow, you will find that you canl make orange”. What an experience for a young child.

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    • It really is magic isn’t it! And it still as wonderful to me now as when I was in grade school…. 🙂

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  7. Your photographs are always very lovely! 🙂 And photography is very exciting at times, but take care with that balance!! 😆

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    • I was swept away with the beauty! I landed in the soft earth, which meant that I really stopped to smell the flowers…but I will remember that balance is the preferred way to experience the journey!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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