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May 5th, 2011


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12:52 pm - Green in a Blue Time, and the Curve of it all
Well, that was a month. (Almost.)

It's been a blue time, waves of work crashing over my head almost every day, but I've got a foot on the shore now. So let's think about color, let's think about curves.

I've been thinking about simplifying my color scheme for my house, which right now can best be described as higgledy-piggledy -- gold because of the dark main rooms, green bits, red bits, 'pank' in one bedroom, periwinkle in one bathroom. It's beginning to jangle, I'm thinking. But now I have to think about incorporating my beloved blues more thoughtfully.

Blue should be an accent in a life, I'm thinking now, a deep-sea shimmer in the corners, a royal shade to catch the light.

One particular blue--rich, saturated, touched with light--is a key shade in many of the prints I've hung in my house. I'm also fond of blue shading into green, not necessarily mixed but juxtaposed.

So you might imagine my attraction to a shot in the most recent Doctor Who "Day of the Moon." It's so beautiful that I'd almost like it blown up and framed. The shot is here, although the color's not reproduced as strongly as it hit me during the program. To describe the picture: an interior in long shot, with a curving, light-barred hallway taking up the center, a glowing green-blue. On the right looms an indigo shape (well, it's the TARDIS, but that's not necessarily clear; what's clear is that this dark blue is a sharp line cutting the curve, stronger than the shadow-bars obscuring the polished floor). On the left, protected by the curve, imprisoned by shadows and touched by brighter light, a tall male figure leans against more bars; the incline of his head and bend of his knee suggest another curve, both toward and away from the woman who's standing so straight.

For whatever reason, I see this picture and think of Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues" (here, a link to a recent live performance)-- the opening lines, This is the day/ of the expanding man/That shape is my shade/There where I used to stand, and the famous My back to the wall/A victim of laughing chance/This is for me/The essence of true romance.

I don't know that I think that's what 'true romance' is, but I look at this picture and then think again.

What's your color today? I hope it's one of your favorites!

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From:paratti
Date:May 5th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
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That is gorgeous:)

Blue is cool:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:May 5th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I had all sorts of thinky thoughts about space and time and different sorts of prisons, but then I just looked at the picture again and could only manage "Pretty!"

:-)

Hugs and lovely colors, L.
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From:anne_d
Date:May 5th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
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You're right, that's a gorgeous shot.

Have fun planning your incorporation of blues.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 5th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it a lovely vacation for the eyes?

Hugs and mental vacations for you, A!
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From:mamculuna
Date:May 5th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful color! and not a sad blue. I hope your house is magically transformed, though the colors you describe sound lovely.

My color today...can only be gray, like the Chicago skies...
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From:laurawise
Date:May 5th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you're dealing with grey -- hope there's some gorgeous green grass or something to compensate.

Hugs and a better end of week!
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From:gwynnega
Date:May 5th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
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My color today: leaf green!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:May 5th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I always think of you and green! :-)

[hugs and a good end of week]
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From:janus_74
Date:May 5th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Let's see, my color today is brown. Which is okay because I find it a warm and cozy color.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 5th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
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I love a rich, deep brown! You've chosen beautifully, T. :-)

Hugs and a cheery tomorrow!
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From:stateless82
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Very good picture, it's a lovely curve.

I'm not sure I've achieved a color today. I spent a little too long reading census records and got lost in the internet.

I haven't heard Steely Dan in ages. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 6th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
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The more I look at the picture, the more I see. And it IS a lovely curve. :-)

Hurrah for census records and Steely Dan, and you, S! Hugs!
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From:wildrider
Date:May 6th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
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Today has been, on and off, a less desired shade of blue; although the outside is a brilliant yellow (hot summer days are coming!), and my mood is decidedly colorless drab! I'm hoping for the sunshine days to affect the mood SOON! Hugs and beautiful blues!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 6th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
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Arizona-summer yellow! Sun sun sun. :-)

I hope the sun does cheer you soon, and I'm sending colorful thoughts your way! [hugs]
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From:freixenet
Date:May 6th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
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Beautiful. Beautiful. My color: red, fading to a happy pink slowly. My shape? All too round, alas.

Linky goodness is good. Thank you! I needed Steely Dan to recover after Gwynne's GH post of Luke's intervention. DAMN.

See you soon--pastries provided!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 6th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
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Tango-red and tropical-pink, in a joyous mix! That's what I'm hoping for you.

(Yes, Lucky and Luke = painful goodness.)

See you in a bit!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 6th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
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As your username implies! [beams]

All the best blues to you today, L. [hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:May 6th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I love sky blue in a south-facing room, and have done that in two houses now (once with cloud effects because the room and its main window were too big for any expanse of just one colour). I also love pinks for calmer rooms, and must one day get round to repainting my south-facing spare room in a cool lilac.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 6th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love that creamy pink-plaster effect for calmer rooms, too. Hurrah for sky blue and pink and lilac, and hurrah for you!
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From:heron_pose
Date:May 7th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I love your color-thoughts; over here I'm working with various blue and turquoise and green, then bits of poppy or brick red or adobe.

Maybe.

::HUGS::

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From:laurawise
Date:May 7th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, what a lovely lovely combination. That sounds perfect for a space you're making your own.

HUGS! And cheers sent your way, too.

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