Art Friday: Green


Green with envy. 

Love is evergreen.

 “It’s not easy being green.

Green is everywhere. It is very easy to take a photo of something green

Green means different things depending on what country you are from (source):

  • In Ghardaia and other parts of M’zab, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca. 
  • Green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colours in Iran, where they symbolise paradise.
  • As the emblematic colour of Ireland, green represents the vast green hillsides, as well as Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
  • In Japan, green is regarded as the colour of eternal life.
  • In Aztec culture, green was considered to be royal because it was the colour of the quetzal plumes used by the Aztec chieftains.
  • The solid green flag of Libya is the only national flag of a single colour.
  • In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.
  • In Portugal, green is the colour of hope because of its associations with spring.
  • In the highlands of Scotland, people used to wear green as a mark of honour.There is a superstition that sewing with green thread on the eve of a fashion show brings bad luck to the design house.

Here are some popular phrases which uses the word "green" (source)

  • Get the green light: get approval to move ahead or proceed with a project or task.
  • Green corn: the young, tender ears of Indian corn.
  • Green thumb (US) or Green fingers (UK): an unusual ability to make plants grow.
  • Green room: a room (in a theater or studio) where performers can relax before or after appearances.
  • Greenback: a legal-tender note issued by the United States government.
  • Greener pastures: something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job.
  • Green with envy: jealous or envious
  • Greenhorn: novice, trainee, beginner 
  • Green around the gills: marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance. 
  • Turn green: to look pale and ill as if you are going to vomit.
  • Going green: when someone or something makes changes to help protect the environment, or reduces waste or pollution.
Below are some "green" photos I took over the last few years - enjoy.


  1. What a fun post! I love these colour posts you're doing with the trivia and the amazing art/photos! I love the colour green, so long as it's used appropriately. I really don't like khaki and some of the uglier brown-greens, but there's a LOT of beautiful greens and emerald is one of my favourite precious stones.

    1. I like to wear green but I categorise green into two groups - sad green (which I don't wear) and happy green (which i don't wear!!) - I am not fond of the very dark greens or as you say the brown-greens - they are just miserable. I do love green gems, including jade (which is what those earrings are).

  2. I'm definitely not a fan of the colour green after having it as a school uniform colour for way too many years! The photos you have taken are so clear and beautiful though that I can nearly overlook the fact that they're green!!!!! ;-)
    Funny to hear all the 'green' sayings in one spot! Didn't realise how much it came up in conversations really but it does quite a bit!

    1. I wore brown and blue to school (very dark colours) and I am not fond of this combination these days as a result!! Funny how certain colours can be affected by things that happened in our past!


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