Black and white can show how something is. Color adds how it is, imbued with temperatures and humidities of experience.Peter Schjeldahl
I had a fun “ramble” through my archives this week, looking for cool colors–Tina’s theme for this week’s challenge.
Let’s start with cool colors in the natural world. As Tina mentions, the blues and greens found in nature complement each other beautifully. To illustrate this, I’ll start with several images captured on a road trip out west to Arizona and California. At first the desert colors seem muted and subdued until my eyes started adjusting to the new landscape.
In the first image, you can see the contrast of the green palm trees against the bright blue sky in Scottsdale, Arizona. The next image was shot on one of our morning walks in a park in Tempe, Arizona, where I noticed the various shades of cool colors. The third image captured along the Santa Monica Pier combines the colors of nature with man-made colors. I loved how the blue of the basketball court complimented the grass, trees, and the sky.
Cool colors in nature can be soothing to the eye, but when artists deliberately choose a cool palette, the effect can be startling. Here are some examples found in various locations. I’ll start with the beautiful and vivid Marc Chagall mosaic in Chicago, Illinois. Beneath that, you’ll see street art captured in Florence, Italy and graffiti in Melbourne, Australia. Each one captured my imagination and attention and drew me in.
Well, that was fun! I hope you enjoyed this exploration of cool colors. Thanks as always to Tina, for her inspiration! We hope you join us this week and share your images featuring all shades of blue and green.
Looking back to Ann-Christine’s Spots and Dots challenge, your varied and creative responses were so much fun. Looking ahead to next week we’re excited to announce that our challenge will be hosted by Dianne Millard of Rambling Ranger. Her blog is a fascinating and beautiful look at nature, captured on the job and in her travels as a park ranger. Be sure to check out her beautiful blog and watch for her post next Saturday at noon. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.