Art Friday: Shades of orange



Art Friday: Orange

Coming up with ideas for blog posts can really stretch my brain some weeks — there are times when I simply don't have a clue what I will write next, other times I am bouncing with ideas.

As for the art section, this can be be hard work — both trying to find art to share, but also  remembering what I have done previously (I use to have a list, which I have since lost) plus finding things that my readers will enjoy. Today I was stumped so I have decided to do something different — still arty but rather than art, focus on a colour — ORANGE. 

The photos below are all ones I have taken over the last few years and all about the colour ORANGE. I do hope you enjoy their bright and cheery look.

Did you know:

* Orange is the only color of the spectrum whose name was taken from an object, the popular fruit - the orange. In nature it’s the colour of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, and many citrus fruits. It is also associated with: the colour of marmalade, Halloween, traffic hats (cones), life rafts, cheetos, and Halloween.

* Orange symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.

* Orange is a color that really stands out, even at a distance, and invites attention.

* During the Elizabethan Era in English history, only nobility were allowed to wear orange clothing.


* It takes 50 glasses of water to grow enough oranges to make one glass of orange juice.

* New Amsterdam was founded by the Dutch in 1653, taken by the English in 1664 and renamed New York, then retaken by the Dutch in 1673 and renamed New Orange. Under the Treaty of Westminster in 1674 the city was ceded to the English and New York became its permanent name.

* Alexander the Great washed his hair in saffron to keep it a lovely shiny orange colour. During his time saffron was as rare as diamonds and more expensive than gold.


* Oranges are unknown in the wild. They are a hybrid of tangerines and the pomelo or “Chinese grapefruit” (which is pale green or yellow), and were first cultivated in south-east Asia. They weren’t orange, but green, and Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are still bright green on the outside and orange inside.


* The fruit came before the colour. The word “orange” derives from the Arabic naranj and arrived in English as “narange” in the 14th century, gradually losing the initial “n”. This process is called wrong word division and also left us with apron (from naperon) and umpire (from noumpere). Orange was first used as the name for a colour in 1542.


* There are many shades of orange – and different meanings. Some may be more appealing to those who find orange difficult: terracotta or cayenne – a dark orange, persimmon - a red-orange, pumpkin - a pure orange, mango - a yellow orange, salmon - a pink orange, melon - a light orange. Darker oranges offer a sense of comfort; some are spicy, some are earthy. Lighter oranges are soothing and healthy.


* The black box flight recorders on aircraft are actually bright orange so that they can be found more easily. They were originally called “black boxes” because early electronic prototypes were stored in black metal boxes.









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Comments

  1. I love orange, but it does have to an earthier tone. I adore burnt orange. Lovely collection today.

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    1. I agree with the earthier tone - I have a few pieces of clothing that have that tone and it looks great with black.

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  2. ALL your posts are wonderful, even if they are something I wouldn't have refered to on my own. Each one of them offers SOMETHING ~ either education, entertainment, coziness, happiness or warmth. AND color! I love orange, any shade of orange and have been adding a lot of that in the gardens the last few years!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Gwen in Arkansas

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  3. Hello this was a fun post I do love orange It can protect us such as hunters wear it, also I do enjoy the bright cheery color of pumpkins and orange zinnias very refreshing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead . Hugs Roxy

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    1. When you start to look around there is lots of orange in nature - autumn (Fall) of course is the most orange, then as you say, all those wonderful pumpkins and oranges!! Life is so full of colour :)

      Have a wonderful weekend - I plan to do some sewing for summer.

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  4. Some amazing photos! You are very talented =)
    love,
    Bets

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  5. For the longest time, orange was my daughter's favorite color. It really is a cheerful color!

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    1. it is certainly cheerful :))) I hope your daughter returns to orange one day!

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  6. I love all of the orange! A lovely post

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    1. Thanks heaps - orange is a fun colour but sadly not appreciated as much as it should be!!

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  7. Love the orange picture - so cheery !!!! Also love the orange facts. I will never look at a glass of orange juice the same LOL Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am all for all colour that brightens my day and adds joy and cheerfulness and orange does it every time!!

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  8. I love this idea.....I could incorporate this idea into my homeschooling! Thanks for sharing over at Homemaking Link-up.
    God Bless,
    Sarah (www.sarahefrazer.com)

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    1. A fun exercise for children would be to photograph one colour throughout the week - orange would be easy in Fall (Autumn!!).

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  9. Such a fun post! I love your trivia posts! I used to hate the colour orange, but then as I grew older I learned to love every colour and appreciate each for their own beauty and especially when they are used perfectly (like in God's creation and GOOD artwork). Your photos are stunning, as always! :)

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    1. There is a lot of orange in nature, Autumn being the most obvious - which I find interesting :) I like to wear orange as it brightens up many things like black and navy and it really does make me feel cheerful and bright!!

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