Color Series: The In Betweens Day 6

This is actually going to be the last post in this series. I ended up focusing on the different color ranges instead of individual photos and this is the last of the colors I wanted to touch on. I could have shared a lot more photos of things in those same colors, but I wanted to keep it to one per color.

Peach is one of those colors that really is a color all on its own. I could have probably done a full series on just peach, but it is, again, one of those colors that tends to have too many inbetweens.

This iris alone can come across as a darker, more orange peach or a paler, pinker peach depending on the time of day and the lighting. This is one that I am more comfortable with as it’s own color, but still find too many that seem to fall just outside of the boundaries.

I’m thinking of working on a black and white series next, but need a few minutes to breathe something other than paint fumes to get that one going.

 

Color Series: The In Betweens Day 5

This is a great example of when white isn’t actually white. When I did the white series, I ended up having to just go with a few that I really didn’t want to include because they didn’t hit a true enough white for me, but I realized after I started the series that way too many that I thought would work still bothered me because they had just a tint of color.

On this iris, the left petals tint towards a very pale purple and right ones have tones of yellow and green. Both are pretty faint, but noticeable. It’s funny because when you are standing back and looking at this flower, it is absolutely white. It isn’t until you get closer, say when trying to do a macro photo, that you really start to see the colors.

When I started this series, I knew I’d have a few colors I struggled with, but I really wasn’t expecting white to be one of them.

Color Series: The In Betweens Day 4

The red-oranges are similar to the yellow-oranges for me. They tend to skew too close to orange or brown for me to be able to comfortably drop them into a red category. It is one of the reasons the red series was harder for me as a lot of reds fall either on this side or on the magenta side of things.

I got some exciting news today and my poor brain is bouncing off the walls excited, but I can’t share just yet. Sadly, that also means my thoughts have been utterly scattered to the winds, so I’m keeping it brief today.

Color Series: The In Betweens Day 3

Blues aren’t usually ones that trip my brain up, but as soon as it starts to really pull into the purple range of colors, all bets are off. Colors that are similar to this sort of periwinkle color are especially difficult for my brain to want to put into a single color group as it is just as much purple as it is blue. For me, this color in particular seems to sit right on the dividing line between the two.

I can also say that my camera did not do the color of these flowers justice. The color in real life seemed just a bit softer and just slightly less purple than this photo shows.

Color Series: The In Betweens Day 2

There are a lot of yellows that fall into this in between grouping for me. It seems that yellows tend to shade towards other colors rather than sitting firmly in yellow.

Both the yellow-greens and the yellow-oranges, like this photo, are ones I have a hard time just calling yellow. Unlike yesterday’s magenta, it doesn’t usually straddle the cool or warm barrier and lands firmly on the warm end of the spectrum. Probably because most of the colors it usually holds also still have a base of yellow. Anything else and it dips into a very neutral brown.

Color Series: The In Betweens Day 1

I’m finally getting around to working on this branched out color series. The focus will be on the colors that I don’t feel really fits solidly into one standard color or another.

I was going to try and target warm colors vs. cool colors as a way of trying to organize or group these, but I realized that my silly brain has about as much problem with that as it does with trying to label some of these as a standard color. So, that idea is getting tossed. I’ll just post the photos as I find them and a brief explanation as to what my brain does with that particular color.

As with my previous color series, my goal is for whatever photo I post to have a single color be the focus of the image, but I may give myself a little more wiggle room for these.

Magenta is one of those colors that refuses to let me put it in any single category. It is a kind of pink that leans too far red and has just a shade too much blue, which edges it closer to a kind of purple. It is a warmer color, but it has those bluish, cooling undertones to it. Not so much to drop it into a cool color for me, but it softens it just enough that it doesn’t entirely feel like a warm color either.

It is also one of those colors that from a photography standpoint, can go all over the place if you don’t make the right adjustments. It is one that seems to be difficult for me to get a true color in the photo in comparison to how I see it in real life.

Color Series: White Day 7

This white series had really kind of felt like I was cheating. White is one of those colors that my brain doesn’t like to assign to most things. Many of the photos I posted really registered as “very pale purple” or “cream” or any number of tints or shades in the white range, but still holds some color. Which frustrated me.

To me, white almost isn’t a color. It is the absence of color, but it tends to reflect colors that are around it so there is always some color visible. Or, as I said above, it is really just an extremely pale version of a color. Either way, my brain doesn’t really like to put most things in a white category. Especially not things in nature as those will almost always pull other colors in.

While I shared some really pretty photos, very few of them actually ping white to me, so this series was hard on my poor artist’s brain.

I’ll be starting another series soon usings LA’s suggestion of doing cool and warm colors to cover some of those in betweens my brain refuses to put in a standard color range. I probably won’t start that for another week. I need to get past recital before my brain can function again. That’s assuming it ever really functions well to begin with.

I’m off to spend a chunk of Mother’s Day sitting my mobile dressing room (aka, my car with sheets hung up over windows) so BG can do costume changes for pictures. An interesting experience brought on by covid restrictions. It also means I get to do some creative photography on my own with her in front of her studio, so it’s all fun, if a little chaotic.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Color Series: White Day 1

White will be the last of the regular color series. I will start a slightly different phase after this.

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

The Thing About Color

Doing the color series had been a lot of fun. It has been a challenge at times, but still fun. I want to do a few more, slightly different parts, but I wanted to dig in a little and share how my artist brain works when it comes to color.

If I were to guess, I’d have to say that at least 50% of the time, if not a lot more, when someone were to ask me to name the color of something, I wouldn’t just say “red” or “blue” or whatever the basic color might be. I’d probably have to add a qualifier to that and say that it was a red-orange or that the blue has a purple tone to it.

Then you have colors like peach that really are a true blend of other colors and is kind of it’s own color. It could be seen as a pink or an orange depending on shade, but this sits squarely in the middle of those for me so I wouldn’t put it with either one.

For me, I almost always see the blend of colors as so few colors hit a pure enough tone for me to be able to just say the one color. Sure, there are obvious ones and I don’t always have to be really specific, but if I’m trying to classify a color, I find just as many colors that fall in between as I do ones that I could say definitively fit into a color group.

When doing this series, I had so many photos I would have shared, but I didn’t feel they really fit the color. When I was working with the pink series, I couldn’t bring myself to put a dark magenta flower photo in that mix because it was just a bit too close  to red. The orange series had a lot of things that leaned a bit too far into the browns. For the series, I really wanted something that you could look at and say, without a doubt that, yes, that is definitely that color and I struggled with that at times.

That is part of what has made this series so challenging for me, the way I view colors. I love the idea sharing some of those that I consider in between, but I didn’t have enough of any one color to do an entire week on them.

And then you have black and white. Now that is a whole other ball of wax. Do I do only color photos that showcase black or white or do I use color that has been converted into a black and white photo, because that is a completely different thing all together. I adore black and white photos and could probably do a full month or more in just that, but I wouldn’t say they would fit in a color series where the focus is actual black or white. And like the in between colors, I don’t think I have enough to do a full week on either, though maybe white if I’m willing to post a lot of snow photos (I may have to do that one anyway).

So, I’m not quite done with the color series. I just have to figure out where I want to go next.