Living Colorfully

a tiger swallowtail butterfly on echinacea

“Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann, American artist and designer

For about the past month, I have been shuffling around a little scrap of paper, torn from a magazine an American friend lent to me. The clipping has sat everywhere in my kitchen, on top of the piano, and even next to the sink. Because, while I was reading the magazine, I didn’t know exactly what I would do with the clipping, but I knew I had to keep it. I loved the quote, above. Finally, it gained its own place on the bulletin board and has worked its way into my journal, and now this blog. That torn magazine piece is of the above quote from artist, Vera Neumann.

To me, color is life. Because, while I love and deeply enjoy a misty monochrome grey landscape, there is something magical about a scene saturated with color and joy. Any of the people I see on a given day could verify that I now carry a vivid blue handbag, the color of the Swedish summer sky, and that the most frequent color I wear is orchid purple. Even my tennis racket is a blinding pink (which I’ve recently learned, the brighter the color does not equal the more quality racket), and our dishes have become a coordinated mismatch of the ever-beautiful Polish Pottery, from the Boleslawiec factories. So, in the same celebration of color as Kate Spade does so well, I’m posting some of my favorite shades of inspiration. I hope you enjoy them!

my former USA backyard gardens, colorful bliss
my former USA backyard gardens, a riot of color

 

the brights of the Baltic Sea, from Sweden
the brights of the Baltic Sea, from Sweden
a tiger swallowtail butterfly on echinacea
a tiger swallowtail butterfly on echinacea

 

View over Prague, past a field of colza
View over Prague, past a field of blinding colza

 

Vivid Tulip bouquet
Vivid Tulip bouquet

 

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird beside Jackmanii Clematis
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird beside Jackmanii Clematis
Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland
Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland; our dishes we chose to be vibrant pottery mismatches
Venice, a splash of color
Venice, a splash of color
A dazzling rainbow, at sunset last week
A dazzling rainbow, at sunset last week
Painter's Palette gardens
Painter's Palette gardens

 

a hint of color in monochrome grey
Vineyard in Italy's Veneto: a hint of color in monochrome grey

 

For you: What is your favorite color? What colors inspire you the most? Which color do you most frequently choose to wear?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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