9 Shades of Inspiration for Color-Starved Eyes


To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann

For anyone who has been to a former Eastern Bloc country in January, you know what gray is. I think there is a whole definition for the shade based on the lack of color in the former-communist regions. Gray is everywhere.

Ethereal fog, leaden clouds, dirty snow, shabby winter clothes, and masses of Communist-Grey buildings typify the winter—the long winter—in Prague. There is no color. It is a monochromatic, ashen, and notably depressing world here in Czech, doused with dirty snow … until a fresh snowfall cleanses the landscape back to winter white.

To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world, I crave color at this time of year. Here, a collection of photographs saturated with color, my favorite remedy for color-starved eyes.

Ruby Red HibiscusRuby Red

Flaming Orange DaylilyFlaming Orange

Creamy Yellow Rose

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterflySunny Yellow

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso

Chickadee backdropped with Emerald GreenEmerald Green

Lime Green EchinaceaLime Green

No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  ~Oscar Wilde


Blue ClematisBlue

Purple TulipsPurple



Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter. – Paul Klee

The world is brighter, happier, more vivid because of color … and life becomes a reflection of the lens through which we see it. Enjoy dabs of color in the bleak light of winter, and look forward to a color-filled Spring!

Starting the Conversation: What colors soothe you at this time of year? What inspires you in the deep of winter?


Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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