Lens-Artists Challenge #195 – Colorful Expressions

bird, orange, yellow, colorful, Toucan
Colorful Toucan

“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.”

Vincent Van Gogh

This week Anne invites us to explore color and the way it influences our images. Vibrant colors like those of the toucan above and the artistic glass below drew my attention despite the fact that I’m not much of a fan of either yellow or orange. Still, I couldn’t resist their bursts of color.

yellow, orange, glass
Orange You Glad Dale Chihuly Loves Glass?!

“Orange is an underrated color, it’s the second most underrated color after yellow.”

Michel Gondry

Blues and greens, on the other hand, are among my favorite colors. In studies of the emotional impact of colors it’s been said that green is the color of nature and growth (or on the other hand envy and greediness), while blue denotes calmness and stability. Nature, growth and calmness – no wonder I’m drawn to them!

green, red, plant,
Sumptuous Succulent

“Green calm below, blue quietness above.”

John Greenleaf Whittier

Whatever their meaning, I loved nature’s color combinations of green and red in the plant above, and the green and blue of the peacock feathers below.

Peacock, green, blue, feathers
Pretty as a Peacock

“Earth – a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe'”

David Suzuki

Sometimes it’s the combination of multiple colors that catch the eye and draw the lens, for example the three brightly-colored images that follow:

colors, umbrellas, colorful
Let It Rain
hummingbird, wall art, colorful
Blue Bird of Happiness??
boat, Chihuly, Glass, colorful
Another Chihuly – Having a Ball

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

Claude Monet

At other times, it’s monochrome subjects that draw the eye – such as the two images that follow:

Red, color
From NYC’s Oculus – Just Red
sea turtle sign
Sign on Kiawah’s Beach – Lights Out After 9 pm

“There are only 3 colors, 10 digits and 7 notes. It’s what we do with them that’s important.”

John Rohn

I hope you enjoy this week’s play-date with color as much as I have. Sincere thanks to Anne for the gift of a smile as I created this one. Please remember to link your responses to Anne’s original here and to use the Lens-Artists tag. Thanks also to Sofia and to all those who responded to her bokeh challenge last week. It was great to see the results from those who were familiar with the technique as well as those who put it into practice for the first time.

We’re excited to announce that next week’s Guest Host will be none other than JohnRH of John’s Space. Take a moment to visit his ever-interesting blog to be sure you don’t miss his post. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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99 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #195 – Colorful Expressions

  1. Such brilliant colors, Tina. I love that bird at the top. Really sets the mood for the others. Our encounter with the Chihuly installation occurred at Biltmore, but I’ve heard it’s moved to different places. So glad we saw those colorful pieces, any of which would have been good for this challenge. But you’ve selected a great one, one that shows up in the dark!!!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous post, Tina – this time you knocked me out at first sight! Ah, what a gallery! “Having a Ball” with them all, but this time my favourite is Chihuly. Wonderful.

  5. Stunning colorful expressions of colors you’ve showcased, Tina.
    Gosh … you posted 4 photographs I almost added too. But, yours
    photos are perfection. I took a few photos of a Toucan when I was in Colombia.
    I found them very interesting to photograph. Your umbrella photo is mesmerizing.
    I saw Chihuly in Vegas. His gallery there is awesome. Great entires, as always.
    Isadora 😎

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  6. What would life be like without colour ! A beautiful colour celebration here Tina . Yellow has come into my life more the older I’ve become… love that ‘simple’ quote from Van Gogh🌞☀️🌞 perhaps I’ve overdone it therewith 3 Lol
    Aren’t those peacock feathers gorgeous !

    • Hi Poppy – always loved to see your name come up! Not sure what it is I dislike about yellow, after all I adore sunflowers and mustard flowers – ah well, not losing sleep over it LOL. And yes, the peacock is so glorious when showing its colors. Couldn’t resist that one!

  7. It’s interesting isn’t it how colours that we wouldn’t pick out as favourites nevertheless attract us as photographers?! But everyone seems to be drawn to blues and greens, probably for the reasons you cite. Maybe that’s why your peacock tail is one of my favourites here, along with the colourful umbrellas!

  8. A set full of classics. The succulent is lovely and new to me. When you just say the words one might think that red and green would look brighter than red and blue, but in the photos of the succulent and the peacock’s feathers, it is the other way round.

  9. All of these are glorious, Tina, but even as much as I love Chihuly (as you well know) that first one with the toucan is my favorite. It’s colorful on its own but the background makes it special. Hope you had a happy Easter.

  10. Well what can I say about all this wonderfulness Tina? You know my love for colour.. when I was a child I well remember my favourite colours were the combination of yellow and orange. You couldn’t have given me a better Easter gift than this post 🙂 I’ll share a link on twitter!

  11. Love love this post… having just spent Easter weekend with my 3 little grandchildren.. their emphasis on color was amazing.. I want the blue one , the yellow one, the green one… love your blues, greens, yellows and yes, oranges… they are happy colors!

  12. I have this sense of joy and peace just staring at the colors.

    Colors can have a soothing effect on the mind.

    Some of the colors are simple, not so bright colours, yet have a rich and attractive look.

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful combinations of colors.

  13. So pretty, Tina. Yellow has never been a favorite color of mine, either. Interestingly enough, several years ago we took some kind of color test at work, and I came up a strong yellow. **Don’t tell me we HAVE to do something. I want to know WHY first.** Yup. That’s me! I don’t take orders well. 😆

  14. Such gorgeous, rich colors you share, Tina! I really love the peacock feathers! Coincidentally, I “met” Anne yesterday and discovered she lives in Sacramento, my former home. Wishing you a blessed Easter, my friend.

    • Many thanks Terri – the peacock is quite a showoff at nearby Magnolia Gardens. Yes, Anne is a wonderful photographer and does a great job of sharing the beauties in and around Sacramento. Glad you found her!

  15. What a wonderful BURST of color to wake up to this Easter morning!!! It just feels good…THANK U Tina!!! ‘Let it rain’ is a favorite…makes me smile!! Happy Bunny!!!

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