Lens-Artists Challenge #195 – Colorful Expressions
“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.
“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 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.
“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:
“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:
“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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