“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Blorange...Blue and Orange blended!

If anyone was to ask me what my favourite colour was, I'd instantly say 'cobalt blue'...but that's not strictly true because if I think about it a little more, I realise I like a wide range of blues such as aqua, turquoise, robin egg, sky, royal blue, sapphire, indigo, teal, baby blue, Persian blue, navy, peacock, electric blue...hmm the list grows the more I think about it. So maybe I should answer the question by just saying my favourite colour is 'blue'! 
On the other hand one of my least favourite colours happens to be orange. Now I really feel for orange because it's never done anything wrong or ever offended me...it's just we don't have that same connection that I have with blue. 
I'm afraid it's not only the colour...I don't like to eat oranges or drink orange juice!
Why? I cannot say...I just don't! Never have....
So when Jenn over at Just Add Water Silly chose 'BLORANGE' for this week's Artist Play Room  
I had mixed feeling. I mean my favourite colour mixed with my least?!?! 
How was this going to work?  
It's like asking my son to become friends with the hoover (vacuum)! It's a tough ask!
But who's going to refuse Jenn? Certainly not me...
So after a little procrastinating (I'm a natural) I dived right in to see where it would lead....

I'm aware I'm probably playing with your mind here (Mmmmwwwaaaahhhhhhaaaa) but I have to admit it it was rather fun. I thought I'd make the orange blue perhaps just a twist on the 'blood oranges' (with their red flesh) which by the way just happen to be my hubby's favourite.
I also took it one step further by mixing the blue actually with orange, for the leaves and the shadow. 
I'm not sure why but this photo is nothing like the original. 
The original has such an intensity that I prefer, but the above looks rather anaemic. :-( 
Maybe it's orange getting its own back on me for being so unkind.

I thought I might feel differently if an orange happened to be a blue colour, but I'm afraid I still don't like oranges no matter what colour they are....oh now I feel I've got a personal vendetta against the poor defenceless fruit. Shame on me!
Have a great day everyone and I hope to see you again soon...I'd miss you if you didn't pop by https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1511760.gif
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It's a great mag for Mixed Media artists and it is starting a subscription service with the next issue... head on over to some of these links if you are interested in checking it out...

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43 comments:

  1. Firstly, thanks for putting up the FEATURING shout out, hopefully everyone posting about it will increase our readership. Second, Holy COW, what a gorgeous painting/drawing. Mom went NUTS when she saw it, she loves it and that's after we laughed and laughed about your post. (Don't tell Trace but I'm with you about orange, just not my color). I like only very specific oranges, the fruit I mean. I only like the HUGE ones you get for a couple weeks in the summer, oh, and the mandarins for a couple weeks at christmas. Don't love the juice usually. My body doesn't like that much sugar all at once without fiber with it, lol.
    Anyway, i love your piece and if that's anemic, I can't even imagine the beauty of the original. You have such a wonderful original style, don't ever change my sweet friend!
    hugs,
    Jenn

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    1. My pleasure Jenn, I wish you well with FEATURING because I know how hard and dedicated you are towards the magazine ;D

      Personally, I only like to stick cloves into mandarins at Christmas...oh dear it does sound like I have a problem doesn't it?

      I'm serious about how pale the photo has come out and I did try numerous times to retake it to see if I could sort it...but nah! It's definitely anaemic, which is very annoying.

      Thank you for your lovely comment on my original style because I get annoyed with it and want to change...maybe I shouldn't and just let it evolve.
      By the way...I have always loved your Mum the bestest! :D)))

      Have a fantastic Friday and an even better weekend.
      Thanks so much for hosting the APR. It's really pushing my art and that means so much to me.
      xoxo

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  2. I love your BLOranges Neezie! I think the colours look fabulous together. Perfect capture on your part! Well done! xxoo

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    1. Hehe thanks so much Marie,
      I did have fun and I'm glad you liked it.

      Have a fantabulous Friday and an even better weekend! ;D

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  3. I do so love a sideways thinking approach to a subject, and you really have it here. The blue orange looks just riight somehow, and I lovedvthe shadows whichbI could tell was your blorange mix and also so right.
    The dotted textures add to it all and the whole composition makes a lovely image.
    Like you I found the colours just did not come up as bright on the screen.
    Thanks for your nice comments. Looking forward to the next APR challenge.

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    1. Oh I'm very good at sideways thinking Jez in fact I don't think I'm capable of straight thinking! It certainly feels like that sometimes. LOL
      Yes, I liked the dots too but my eyes didn't...I certainly had spots before my eyes when I'd finished.
      It is annoying when the photo doesn't show the artwork in it's true light but then what can you do?
      Thanks for popping over to my place...it's great to see you.
      Have a great weekend whatever you have planned. :D

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  4. Looove this! It has a lot of impact.
    :)

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    1. I couldn't make up my mind about it initially Laura but I think it's growing on me.
      Thanks for you kind comment...I appreciate it.

      Enjoy your weekend whatever you get up to...have fun! ;D

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  5. I am really and truly and really and truly (cross my heart) telling you the truth when I say my favourite colour is Blue too (all shades with the slight exception of Royal Navy) and my least favourite colour is Orange!! I knew we were kindred spirits!! ♥

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    1. Well would you believe it! LOL
      Great minds think alike eh Angy?

      Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy the weekend...have a good one ♥

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  6. WoW!! I say again....WOW!! I love love love this Neesie, and like Jenn, I cannot imagine how stunning the original must be if this doesn't equal it.
    Did I say I love it? Well, I do! :0) Mo xx

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    1. Aww Mo, thank you so much...that's very kind of you.
      I'm trying to think of something that is well known to everyone so that you would know the intensity of the colours, but I can't think of anything....typical! ;D

      Have a wonderful weekend ~ enjoy :D

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  7. beautiful oranges and how can we pick just one fav color when there are so many to choose, I love blue too and I love to paint with cobalt blue, and indigo, Prussian, I love blue!

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    1. I think it might be easier if we don't try to pick a favourite colour Laurie, it's like trying to pick a favourite child...it just can't be done!

      I'm off to snoozeyland now because tomorrow I'm going to start on my secret project! I'll give you a clue...its something to do with silk! (giggle) ;D

      The weekend is fast approaching so get ready to enjoy and I'll see you again soon :D
      xoxo

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  8. My favorite color is blue- any blue. My least favorite is orange. I smiled when I read this post.:)

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    1. Hehe...well fancy that Patrice,
      Great minds think alike...it's nice to know I'm not alone ;D

      Well we're almost at the weekend here so have a good one when it arrives your way! Thanks for stopping by :D

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  9. I love, love, love your blue orange. I'd hang it on my wall. What a great job you did. I don't think you hurt the oranges feelings after all.

    As for the color.. I scanned mine & it looks more red than orange. Maybe orange doesn't photo well??

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    1. Maybe that's the reason Boo...orange just doesn't like it's photo taken?
      Thank you for your kind words...I really appreciate them ;D

      Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned. Have fun! :D

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  10. This looks so fabulous on the screen, I'd love to see the original. The colours are so vibrant that you just have to keep looking at it, I love it. I have the same trouble with photos and scans. I can take a hundred photos and still not get it anywhere near the original but printing is worse. My blues come out green and red is orange, drives you nuts doesn't it. I don't like to eat oranges either they bring out mouth ulcers in me.
    I'm a blue lover but my favourite is French Ultramarine blue. If you can find a way to get kids to like hoovers let me know cos I can't find one!
    Von xx

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    1. Well then Von come on down...if you want to see the original. I'll pop the kettle on! ;D
      I can't say why I don't like orange (although that sounds a little harsh) let's say I just don't like them as much as others...maybe that's a better way of saying it.
      No luck with the hoover so far but I'll keep you posted if things change.
      Have a wonderful weekend. Weather here is perfect...fresh but bright and sunny! We're expecting high 20's today and tomorrow so that suits me.
      See you soon xoxo

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  11. How can you not love both colours... especially when you see how great they look together... I love your work this week and proud of you for using a colour you hate... and the hoover comment made me snort my tea... love it
    T xx

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    1. Always happy when I hear I make people snort their tea or coffee Trace, I know I've achieved what I wanted. ;D

      I do feel guilty about the colour quandary and can honestly say when I see the colours together especially when it's someone elses work I love it...it's just me I think. An oddball I know!

      Have a fantastic weekend whatever you have planned. Enjoy! :D
      xoxo

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  12. Well, I for one thinks your Blorange is just beautiful. The colors complement each other so nicely. I'm sitting here with the flu and nothing sounds good to me at all until now......now I want a blood orange.

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    1. Oh Laurie, I do hope you're feeling better soon.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment...I know flu can wipe you out, so I appreciate it. ;D
      I wish I could send a blood orange across to you...I think they'd do you the world of good right now, although I'd have to make sure my hubby didn't see me. He's adored them since a child when he first arrived here in Australia and tried one for the first time.

      It was funny after reading your comment yesterday I then saw an article in a magazine about blood oranges! They appear to be everywhere just now.
      Take care, rest up and get well soon. :D

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  13. Now here's a philosophical question for you, Neesie: are Oranges called Oranges because they are orange-coloured fruits, or is the colour orange so called because it is the colour of Oranges?? (Chicken and Egg?)

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    1. Oh Mark, I read your comment just before I went to snoozeyland last night and then you set my mind working!
      I thought about the colour green...and maybe that's why golf courses call their grass 'greens' but then why don't we call our lawns greens! Hmm...it is a tricky one.
      You're so t'elligent I know you'll know the answer, so I'll wait for you to tell me (LOL) ;D

      Have a great weekend...enjoy!

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  14. These are gorgeous, and on my monitor the colors are wonderfully bright. I love your drawing skills and all the little textures!

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    1. Oh I think I like your monitor Gloria ;D
      I just can't get over the difference with my monitor to the original.
      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I did have fun and I suppose that's what it's all about. :D

      Have fun this weekend whatever you get up to. I'll nip across to you as soon as I can. Busy weekend ahead here with wonderful temperatures so want to make the most of it. Autumn was announced yesterday! Not sure I'm ready?!?!
      xoxo

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  15. this is 100% Neesie. great way you found round this challenging relationship. I've loved oranges forever, but haven't enJOYed one in, ummmmmmm, a really long time. mayBE it was 2010?? but somewhere along the way we parted, on friendly terms, but just moved on.

    of course, that is NOT entirely true as I make a salad with mandarins in it, and living in Florida, you'd think... but I fell for mangoes hard last summer, so I DO think that might well BE a way round your sticky troubles... am I correct in remembering you, too, love those luscious babies?!

    I DO love how you've taken this on, though. so clever and fun. xoxo

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    1. Hi Currie,
      100% Neesie...oh wow. So it appears I may have something here, a certain style, although I've been trying to get away from it for a while. I'd like to be a little more serious with the art that I produce but it always ends up being whimsical and fun.

      You remember correctly...mangoes are a big hit here and I often have a jug of homemade mango smoothy in the fridge. Hmmm...now there's a thought I'll have to go and make one for this weekend.
      Thanks so much for popping by...I've got a busy weekend so maybe a little late visiting but I'll get there don't worry. Can't wait to see your interpretation of 'blorange'.
      Have fun! :D
      xoxo

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  16. I absolutely LOVE your blorange creation, Neesie. It's got kind of a surreal/graphic feel to it, with the unusual flat color blocking and ink work. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Arnoldo,
      Thanks for your wonderful words. They mean such a lot to me.
      I wasn't sure about this particular piece. I had fun so that's the main thing...but to hear everyone's reaction to it, is just the icing on the cake! ;D

      Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned :D

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  17. Are you sure your least favorite color is orange? Because it played so nicely with your blue! Very fun to make the orange blue!! I tend to play favorites with blue too. It's just so pleasing and cooperative. :)

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    1. Well it was the last time I looked Cat ;D

      Thanks for your comment...I did have a lot of fun creating this image and I suppose that's what its about whilst stretching you artistically.
      It's amazing how many people prefer blue...it's very popular.

      I hope your weekend is going well and you're having a great time :D

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  18. This is a beautiful piece and until I read your post I would have thought orange was right up there at the top of your color choices. You used it so well. Challenges are good for us, make us stretch a little.

    Darla

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    1. I did try Darla...or should that be I am trying! Very trying at times LOL
      The Artist Play Room certainly streches me in many ways...keeping me focused, to timescales and artistically pushing my boundards.
      It's becoming quite a journey and I'm loving it!

      Have lots of fun this weekend and let's hope next week is just as creative. See you soon xoxo

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  19. Lovely! I love oranges! :D

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    1. Hello Maria,
      I wish I could say the same thing. ;D

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I hope your week has started well and will continue to improve!
      Have fun!

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  20. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & commenting on my frog. I think you do a great job working with "(UN)favorite opposites"--the blue orange is spectacular!

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    1. Surprisingly, I actually had fun working with 'blorange' in the end.

      Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment.

      I'm going to try to spend some time on this weeks challenge but I'm finding it difficult to decide on choosing only one thing I treasure.

      Have a great week and see you in the play room ;D

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  21. what an adorable drawing! so simple and so impressive!
    love it
    Nat

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    1. Hello Nat,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by ;D
      I really had fun drawing for this challenge.

      Have a wonderful week :D

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    2. Lucky me, as i come back here.... Do you know that l did not receive notification about your reply....
      I am very glad that you like my watercolors , thank you
      Be happy, Nat

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