Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

The word “saturated.”  What does it mean to me?  That’s easy.  For me it’s all about color.  Intense color.

I decided to find a piece of art by a master of color.   The choice was easy.   It had to be Vincent Van Gogh who used color to convey meaning.  Let’s take for example his painting of his bedroom in Arles filled with brilliant colors.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh, painting of his bedroom in Arles.

Here how he describes the concept behind the painting to his brother Theo:

“…I had a new idea in my head and here is the sketch of it…it’s just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything… In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination….”

Saturated color can also convey emotion–such as love or anger.   That’s why we use deep red for valentines or portraits of evil creatures–like the devil.   Here’s an example by a graffitti artist in Chicago who used the traditional devilish red in his sketch under a bridge.

Graffiti, Chicago, Illinois

Graffiti, Chicago, Illinois

Of course, saturated color also occurs in nature.  Here’s a color-drenched evening sky in Grand Rapids.  The intense color calls to mind summer heat and the promise of a gorgeous day.

Purple Sunset over the Grand River

Purple Sunset over the Grand River

And finally, here’s an example of saturated color that is playful and designed to appeal to children.  This giraffe prances on a carousel in the Public Museum in Grand Rapids.  He caught my eye because of his brightly colored bridle and the fact that he was an unusual choice to include among the traditional carousel horses.

Carousel Giraffe in the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Carousel Giraffe in the Grand Rapids Public Museum

What does “saturated” mean to you?  Here are some different interpretations by fellow Word Press bloggers.  This week I especially liked Charles Schnyder’s take on this theme.  It’s the second link below:

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