Saturday, June 22, 2013

NATURALS NEUTRALS

I've been looking at paint charts and enjoying the names of the colours:
Anthill Grey,  Elephant Dung,  Kalahari Sand,  Hippo Pool,   
Limpopo,  Zambezi Sand,  Kariba Sunset,  Serengeti Sand ......

All such beautiful African colours
Take a look at this colour chart here


Rope and Pulleys. Found here

I'm drawn to the naturals
the colour of rope
wheat and haystacks


Patterns in the sand on the east coast of Scotland. Photo by Martyn Gorman. See more here

sun warmed beaches


 Tourner la page by Nathalie Dumonteil. See website here

aged, discoloured papers


Mbuti bark cloth. Exhibition of historic textiles assembled by Seth Siegelaub. See more here

the hues of Mbuti bark cloth


Collage on canvas by Eva Isaksen. See more at the Duane Reed Gallery, here.

Glorious paintings
beautiful art


Her Spring Ribbons (oil and wax on panel) by Jeane Myers. See website here

I don't know much about colour therapy
but I do know the colours that have a calming effect on me.


By Vered Gersztenkorn with Jermaine Passmore. See Vered's paintings on Face Book here.

Natrals and neutrals
give me great satisfaction
 a sense of coming home.

Vered Gersztenkorn. See more here


The Book by Alexander Gurevich. See more here and website here


Ceramic murals by Jeanne Opgenhaffen. Click here to see website 


Jeanne Opgenhaffen is a Belgian ceramicist who creates murals from thousands of fine overlapping porcelain tiles. They remind me of stacks of aged papers.




Jeanne Opgenhaffen

"Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body" - Wassily Kandinsky

See my Naturals Neutrals Pinterest board here

66 comments:

  1. can I just say......me too? They take my breath away, these colours......and textures, woven and layered.....natural and nature. Yes. me too.

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    1. I can't believe there was a time when I found natural colours quite boring!

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  2. un choix de rois! fantastique!

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  3. How couldnt I love this, from the names on the colour chart, to that fantastic bark cloth so much here to love.
    Home today from hospital, I am so glad to be home, not as on top of things as I has hoped, but slowly slowly for the next 6 weeks.

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    1. I really enjoyed the paint names. Hope you are feeling better by the day, Penny.

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  4. so much done with such a limited palette is reminder, for me, of the winter outside here. nice robyn.

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    1. Our winter is still dragging it's feet. It sounds like your summer is doing the same. Crazy mixed up weather!

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  5. The colours of every sand dune and gritty path I ever walked. No wonder I'm reeling! Thanks for all these links. I'm especially pleased to have found Francine's work. Thanks Ax

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    1. Annie, I know you will enjoy Francine's blog.

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  6. Thank you for these images, soft calming colours, earth colours my absolute favourites. Love Vered's work, well all the images, I will now have a great time looking at all their sites.

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    1. I found one of Vered's pieces some time back but at the time it was the only image I could find so I was thrilled to find her on Face Book.

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  7. R- I'm with you on the naturals and neutrals; and if it wasn't natural and neutral it would have to be black and shades of grey. Go well. B

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    1. Mmmm...shades of grey, another favourite of mine.

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  8. A really lovely post Robyn. Gorgeous photographs of texture, structure, pattern all in delicious neutrals.

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  9. Color definitely changes my mood. For several years our bedroom was a dark green. I got so I couldn't get out of bed, felt dull, depressed. I changed the color of the room to a terre cotta and I can open my eyes and feel ready to face another day. Color is awesome.

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    1. Lisa I've lived with terrecotta walls in my living room for years and whenever I think I will change to something different I just can't do it. Terrecotta is very soothing as long as the room has plenty of light coming through.

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  10. I find everyone of your posts exciting and so full if artistic interest that I recommended them to all my non blogging friends.
    As usual, this is wonderful.

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  11. Interesting to read the color names of your color chart. Ours, in the lushly vegetated land here, are things like, spring meadow, seafoam, friendly yellow... I think we'd have to get Ralph Lauren paint to get 'exotic" African colors! They sound wonderful. Nice collection, and I find it soothing, too.

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    1. Sometimes the name of the colour can make quite a difference to the way one sees the colour. A new colour chart arrived in the post the other day and I wasn't too sure of a shade of green until I read the name which was Eye of the Storm. It was an AHA moment . Suddenly I could see the exact green of a stormy sky in Africa just before all hell breaks loose.

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  12. Color contains such powerful energy - an energy I hope to learn to understand. I, too have always been drawn to naturals and neutrals - their calming, soothing effect. thank you for the wonderful links as always.

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    1. I'm taking time in choosing a new colour for my lounge because it's so important to maintain that feeling of calm. I've learned that just a shade out can make one feel jittery.

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  13. So so lovely. Peaceful calming satisfying. Thank you for the selection.

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    1. Hi Jackie, glad you enjoyed the post.

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  14. oh my, alexander gurevich... thank you, robyn...

    you know, i used to love neutrals - or more specifically, neutral abstracts - before tumblr. then i saw so many of them that they started to blur together and i felt i didn't really care for them any more! now i feel very particular where they're concerned...

    alexander gurevich certainly meets my post-tumblr standards. : )

    xoxo

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    1. Lynne, I'm laughing because I began to feel that way about everything blurring together and yet I'm probably one of the culprits.

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  15. Thanks for introducing me to some amazing artists. Love those earthy colours.

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  16. Robyn,
    Beautiful work. I too am loving neutral colors more and more. xoxo

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    1. I go through phases! Brights, earthy, black and white, shades of grey and now I'm into the neutrals

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  17. As much as I love colour, these are all very pleasing to my eye. Another great selection.

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    1. I do enjoy a splash of colour against the natural palette.

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  18. you always delight with your delicious collections. and what is it about neutrals that is so entrancing. They are calming and earthy and their wonder often comes from the punctuation of texture and line but their appeal goes beyond what the head can identify. as always thanks for the many gifts and introductions here.

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    1. Thanks so much Carole. I think anything earthy appeals to me. Earthy ties in well with the wood

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  19. There is such richness and texture in these beautiful earthy neutrals. Calming and grounding.

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    1. Texture seems even more important with the natural/neutrals.

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  20. quiet
    sensual
    restful
    I see these through my sense of touch
    fingers with eyes
    so lovely

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    1. I enjoy seeing through your eyes, Elizabeth.

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  21. Love the paintings.. following on fb now thanks to your link.
    I am very appreciative of all the creativity you share here.. very inspiring and truly beautiful.
    Thank you
    and thank you for making the time to visit my blog too

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    1. Thank you! I have such fun sharing my discoveries.

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  22. You've motivated me to try natural/neutral colors. I'm going to my local paint store to see if they have "elephant dung"!

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    1. Let me know if they have elephant dung over there :-)

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  23. I am inspired and excited by each example you have shared here. Neutrals are like coming home. One opens the door and says, Ah, at last.

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  24. Yum - makes me feel like warm caramel to see all those beautiful soft neutrals. Home.

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  25. I like yellow en red ocher, a pigment that has been used in caves for paintings such as a print of a hand. Nice report again Robin :-)

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    1. Yes, cave colours are wonderful! Love the ochres.

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  26. for me, neutrals are the color of meditation and peace... the sound of OOOMMM.....

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  27. Naturals-ly!
    You have a beautiful way of putting everything together.

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  28. Dear Robyn, not only are these beautiful colors but textures as well. Thank you for the inspiration today!
    roxanne

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the neutrals, Roxanne.

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  29. I missed a lot, completely "sunk" in my own projects and everyday duties, for the last couple of months have been very busy for me! But it's so comforting to know that your blog is always there, full of treasures - just to admire in quietness, without running or following the minutes. You always open a new window for me, Robyn - to art, to creativeness and the beautiful side of our world, thank you for that!:)

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    1. Rossichka, you say the nicest things. Thanks so much.

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  30. I never thought about colors being named for a county or region. Springbok and White Rhinoceros were my favorites.

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  31. Hi Stevie, I do so enjoy reading the names on colour charts. Sometimes one wonders what planet the colourist is from.

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  32. Lovely to think about colour through your lens Robyn!
    Its such an individual thing... and emotional palette almost like a country we might visit. Certain colours seem to be a necessity for many of us. I always find that so interesting.

    Had a most pleasant wander through your recent posts. Sorry to not be here visiting more often! Best wishes to you Robyn...
    S

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    1. It's also interesting to see how colour trends influence people.... or any trend for that matter.

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  33. We have such similar artistic tastes... similar aesthetics as I too love subdued, earthy colors. I have been told that my paintings are restful... peaceful, quiet. I guess that is why we are drawn to these colors.

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    1. Donna, it was the peaceful quality that drew me to your paintings in the first place. When you started blogging I began to learn so much about the zen aesthetic which added another rich layer to my perception of your work.

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  34. Pale. Organic. Neutral. Earthy. Such natural beauty in all these images.

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    1. I love the rope and pulley image and have a strong feeling it appealed to you too.

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