Thursday 14th November 2019

Colours I Love. 44/51 #LifeThisWeek. 109/2019.

Colours I Love. 44/51 #LifeThisWeek. 109/2019.

So, dear readers, it would seem that “I LOVE a lot of COLOURS” and this is why my blog emblem/avatar looks as it does.

I even colour-coded my initial categories from the start of 2016.

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and for this person, it really helps to have such a visual reminder.

Colours I Love.

The list is shorter if I write colours I don’t love. Brown & beige would be tops and some tones of green, orange and yellow. BUT Yellow is my friend now in art, gardening and clothes because I now understand it helps lift the colours it is near. 

I know that colour affects my mood and outlook. I learned over the past few years that making something creatively using colour was a huge game-changer for my recovery from anxiety, IBS and then head and neck cancer. In fact, only recently, I have learned to keep a large colourful sheet of art I am creating to access to I can embellish it with patterns or just add more colour as it centres my mind on just that one thing. Brilliant for a mood or feeling shift for me.

Wearing Colours.

No matter what size I have been (and there have been a few!) colours have always been part of my wardrobe. Back in the days of work and being very overweight black would often be part of my outfit, usually as pants and/or jacket. Since my body shape and weight changed after head and neck cancer it’s been fun to explore more colourful pants and shorts. I find I am more confident to do this now. It still took (and can take) time for me to adjust my thinking.

Surrounding My World With Colour.

Whilst we are renting we make do with the blank canvas we have as a house that needs to remain so, but we have added (my choice) two very colourful rugs and I display photos in colour as well as some of my art. Furnishings which are 0ne colour/dark (chairs etc) have cushions as brighteners too. My car is red. I make no apologies. I love it. No it doesn’t go faster but I sure feel confident driving it. Just need to be more careful not to hurt it again as I did in distracted moment last year.

Why Colours?

The last thing I am is science-oriented but I did feel it would be helpful to find some research and interesting facts about colour. Here we go. Yes, US spelling.

https://psych-neuro.com/2015/03/13/why-do-we-prefer-certain-colors/

Everyone has a difference preference for colors, which is interesting and unique. We choose colors when we choose clothes, a car, a notebook, and a water bottle; basically color is taken into consideration for almost everything we buy! We pick most things based on colors we like so why is this? There isn’t really a rational influence to our decisions other than the color evokes an emotional and physiological response in us. Ultimately we decide what colors we like because of what we associate them with and the meaning that accompanies them.

Interestingly for me, I actually store my pencils and markers into groups called Warm and Cool Colours! Yes there can be some overlap for instance a yellowy green or a pinky purple but the system works for me. NB: markers sorted into warm and cool. 

Planning the colours for one of the 100s of mandalas I have created

Warm Colors

Cool Colors

•Warm colors include red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colors.

•Red and yellow are both primary colors, with orange falling in the middle.

•Warm colors appear closer to the observer.

•Cool colors include green, blue, and purple, and variations of those three colors.

•Blue is the only primary color within the cool spectrum.

•Greens take on some of the attributes of yellow, and purple takes on some of the attributes of red.

•They are often more subdued than warm colors.

•Cool colors appear farther from the observer.

https://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/color-basics.html

https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-vision/how-the-eye-sees-color

One Favourite to Wear is:

Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.

Red is also a magical and religious color. It symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks and is the color of the Christian crucifixion. Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days – a fact that may explain its magic and power. Paradoxically, today’s intense red dyes come from crushed insects (the lac beetle and the cochineal).

https://www.colormatters.com/color-symbolism/the-meanings-of-colors

I love colours.

Simple as that.

Tell me what colours you love!

Denyse.

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  1. I love wearing colours Denyse. For many years it was corporate grey or navy so not many opportunities to bring colour into my fashion. I have to admit though that I love a neutral palette for my home because it is calming to me. I’ve always enjoyed the colour of your fashion and art and it certainly makes me feel happy. I don’t really have a favourite colour but bright and vibrant colours certainly lift the spirit. Have a lovely week and thanks for the link up. xx

    • Thanks Sue. Yes, to vibrant and bright. I too think in our next home it will be a pretty neutral palatte but one where we can add some pops of colour. When we sold our house in 2014 we did make a feature wall with the bright print of triangles on it and it drew the eye into the room…as our furniture there was sparse and from that room, you could see the pool area.

      Denyse x

  2. I like Red. I like Purple too – and red and purple together – the colour of Independance (according to The Color Purple.)

    • Interesting to read that. There is a Red Hat society of older women and I “think” Leanne from Cresting The Hill wrote about her mum and co a few years back.

      Jane Caro, in one of the best books I have “listened” to (& read) …Accidental Feminists also wrote about this phenomenon.

      I took like those colours together these days! And they are on the flame and jacaranda trees right now I believe.

      Denyse x

  3. I love wearing red and much prefer bolder and brighter colours to pastels. I am not a fan of brown which is unfortunate as the previous owner clearly loved it. There is so much brown, we’ve named it Brown Town. The day we rip it all out will make me very happy!

    • Your Brown Town matches my dislike of Brown from wearing it for 6 years as a High School student. Teamed with bottle green. Honestly, who does that?

      Great to know you too love red. A power colour for me and one to lift my confidence. I wore a red cardi on the morning (very early) of my last (fingers crossed) surgery!

      Denyse x

  4. Yes, I love colour too. It is as simple as that, as you have written, Denyse. I couldn’t narrow it down to one this week either. This change in the weather is also making me appreciate the colour around me even more.

    SSG xxx

    • Oh you would be seeing some amazing colours on the trees and shrubs where you run and work.

      Older areas are so good for long lasting vegetation.

      One year when I was still living in Sydney, I went to Dad’s on the Northern Beaches via Seaforth, and at the top of the hill (lived nearby for years) there is a lookout back to the Spit, the harbour and all the jacarandas were out along the suburbs of Beauty Point and beyond. Magic!!

      Denyse x

  5. I love colours, Denyse. It’s autumn in Canada and the colours in nature are beautiful. I think it’s Mother Nature’s way to give us a healthy dose of warm colours (yellow, orange, red) as the temperature drops.

    • The Northern Hemisphere does Autumn so well.

      Only a few of the colder areas of Australia do as well. I have been known to travel distances to get my fix of autumn colours. Yes, good point about the warm colours and their purpose! Love that.

      Denyse x

  6. Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. I adore colour and couldn’t pick my fave…although right now it has to be jacaranda purple…but I also love the purple of spring lavender and the blue of bluebells and the red of flame trees and poinciana & all the different shades of the ocean, right up to that shade of muddy sand at the top of the tideline… I do, however, have difficulty wearing anything with yellow undertones ie browns, yellows, oranges and even coral.

    • Interesting when we pare back, we know what we don’t like. I have tried more warm colours the past few years and can do a bright orange but not anything that is more subtle. I can have a bit of yellow in clothing but only as a pattern. I think my skin knows what I look OK in too.

      As for the colours of Spring. They are so good. You will be having a feast of colours where you are too.

      Denyse x

  8. Colours do have a very special place in my life. Colours are usually the first point of attraction during my nature photography outings.

  9. Such a good post telling us about your love of colour Denyse. I also love colour and am known for wearing bright colours, orange, yellow, reds. I once ordered a car in orange and they delivered a red one and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t happy to keep it. I’d previously had a red one and simply wanted a change – they made such a big deal about it but I stuck to my guns and still have my orange car. I love all your bright artwork and can see how beneficial colour is to you in your life Denyse.

    • Oh who gets someone who ORDERS an orange car to suck it up when red appears. No, no and NO thank you.

      Glad you stuck to your guns. I bet it was a bit of a battle. With car salesMAN, perhaps?? LOL.

      Yes without colour in my life, I do think I would not be as energised. I even find a grey day harder to take these days.

      Denyse x

  10. I’m a purple and pink girl – beige and mustard don’t work for me and I find that really strong colours tend to overpower me if I’m wearing them, but I like to have them as pops of colour in our house or accessories etc. Colouring in is as far as my arty use of colour goes – but it’s a start!

    • I can see you love your purple and pink and that is lovely.

      Not all people suit all colours and I think knowing what you like and sticking with it is a sign of independence and not following a fad.

      I hope you continue to enjoy your colouring-in too. I have been colouring some little craft items as part of my art pages and have found doing them very relaxing. Mindful even!

      Happy Birthday too!
      Denyse x

  11. What a colorful post! I am a big fan of ROYGBIV too. I tried adult coloring a few months ago with some free patterns I downloaded from the internet. I found it so relaxing. I would like to begin making my own patterns. We’ll see how that goes!

    • Thank you so much for sharing what you love too.

      I am with you…after doing some colouring of others’ pages , I became motivated to do my own and found that to double the fun and the creativity.

      Thanks so much for visiting for the first time.

      Denyse

  12. I just love your use of colour Denyse. My favourite colour is soft mauve. When I see it in a sunset I don’t think I could feel anymore calm or content in that fleeting moment.

    Love. 🙂

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