Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Transient color


In the few seconds between their being squeezed onto the palette and shmushed into a multicolored mess by the paintbrush of a child, these dabs of paint become a highly temporary microworld of color and texture.

The surface texture in the dying light of a late afternoon sun adds a final touch.

I'm glad I was able to capture this before it became not much more than a memory.

Your turn: I hope you'll capture your own color-and-texture image and post it on your own blog.

Why? Because winter continues to drag on in my neck of the woods. It seems to wash the color out of our daily lives. So anything that injects life back into the visible world around us is a good thing. All I ask is that you post a link to your own work in a comment here. Happy shooting.

Click the image to zoom in. I promise it'll be fun.

35 comments:

vanx said...

I just posted six or seven great paintings of babies--the third in a series including paintings of Jesus and Clowns: The Taboo Image Series. The babies are nice. And more colorful than the clowns!

I love children's paintings, by the way. They haven't yet learned all the things you have to un-learn in order to really paint.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Sorry, Carmi, I don't do pictures on my blog. But I wanted to let you know that my first reaction on seeing that photo was 'ketchup, mustard and... whatEVER is that slimy green stuff in the middle?'. Very relieved to read that it was paint!

Yaeli said...

Don't worry Carmi, I'll have some beautiful summery, tropical Vanuatu pics up very soon to brighten up your long winter. :o)

mermaid said...

I accidently visited your blog, klicking on the wrong button, so to speak, and maybe it wasn`t by accident?? I took your challenge, ran outdoors with my camera, back inside to my fabrics, and the result is now posted!

mermaid said...

I hate gray days, but color brighten them...I`ve posted my colors today, enjoy!

Killired said...

i might get around to taking and posting pix but i too thought it was ketchup and mustard at first! good pix. if i post 1 or 2 or 3 etc... i'll come back and let you know.
michele no longer needs to send me here, you've been blogrolled! :)
have a good day!

AverageMom said...

This is the coolest shot. We are big finger-painters here, and the mixing of the colours is always the best part. I put the paint in an old ice cube tray, it keeps the mess down a bit!

mommyof4 said...

i just posted my colorful pic.

Carmi said...

Oops, the moderation gremlins seem to have crept into the site today. Plumkrazzee's comment seems to have gotten stuck in oblivion. Here it is:

Oh My Gosh!! I thought the exact same thing as Zinnia. Funny! I thought, ewwwwwww, ketchup, mustard, and relish left over on a paper plate from my last barbeque. =) Now I'm hungry for a cheeseburger....yes, i'm weird.

Carmi again: here's here site:
http://plumbkrazzee.blogspot.com/

Rene said...

That really is a great shot. We are seeing spring around here. My fruit trees are in bloom. I'll post something tomorrow. Today I posted a picture of Spongebob.

mar said...

The yellow thing seems to have a red smile. Wonderfully colorful! I just enjoyed a week in the snow and they are now posted--- sorry, Carmi, my pics seem b&w còmpared to yours!

JoeinVegas said...

I thought it looked like an appetizer served at one of our fancy shmansy restaurants. Something you would pay $27 for.

Nikki-ann said...

Great picture :) Im always fastinated by paints, I loved playing with them as a child.

No colour and texture pictures for you tonight, but there is a whole load of gig photos!

Olivia said...

This is such an amazingly beautiful picture. I'm not a professional or amateur photographer, but I do enjoy looking at photos (oftentimes I browse through those on www.dpchallenge.com, for instance) and your blog is quite excellent for that purpose. :)

kimberly said...

My initial reaction was the same as Zinnia's (and Killired's and Plumkrazee's): mustard, ketchup and... pesto? mint sauce? What is that?
These are last week's posts, but they are colorful, and herald the coming of spring in Seattle and the Bay Area (where it's always spring, but whatever).

Electric Short said...

Where are the fries?

Lisa said...

Well, my picture isn't really about color or texture, but if you're talking about injecting some life back into a long dreary winter, this picture and the memory of that day, do it for me.
http://happynap.blogspot.com/2006/02/almost-wordless-wednesday.html

The Wellspring said...

Not sure how you got to my blog, but I got to your from my sitemeter. Anyway, I thought your picture looked like a smiling fish. :) And here's some pictures that I took recently - I live in Ecuador, where's it's always Springtime. Enjoy http://buzzards2.blogspot.com/2005/12/random-beauty.html

Sweetie said...

It's funny, I see a grinning tropical fish!

kenju said...

Like Zinnia, I also thought ketchup, mustard and guacamole!

I will have to search for an image that fills the bill - and I will let you know.

surcie said...

I too thought it was condiment art! I recognized ketchup and mustard but was unclear on the green stuff. In fact, I wondered if it was some sort of uniquely Canadian sandwich spread.

chronicler said...

Here's mine Carmi -



I thought yours, at first sight, was ketchup and mustard! It was difficult to imagine what caused the green.

DeAnn said...

Those colors look so amazing! (Although I have to admit that when I first saw it, I thought it was ketchup, mustard and some green condiment.)

Shane said...

waiting for
imagination -
an artist's palate

Karen said...

OK, I thought this was ketchup and mustard. I must be hungry. Strange.

Greetings from thawing Wisconsin. *waves*

novelin said...

Love your pic! Unfortunately I don't have my camera on hand but a little brighten-up is welcome here on the other side of the world just the same. So I posted a couple of summer-reminders

Sharlene said...

I too have posted some colour (though not as much as you)...

reddirtroad said...

I love your photo. It's a wonderful moment captured.

BTW, I played too.

Goodbye Mes Amis said...

I'll work on it! I like this idea. At first glance I thought it was mustard and ketchup and some pretty gross relish.

Goodbye Mes Amis said...

I just read the comments and saw that zinnia said basically the exact same thing! oops.

Goodbye Mes Amis said...

Me again, I have posted my warm colourful pic :0)

Canadian Mark said...

It's a little late, but I put some colour in a post for you. Nice picture...I can almost smell it.

manababe said...

This is a neat idea. The winter is dragging on here as well, although I can't complain since we've had a rather mild one. It has been known to snow in April here, so I can't get my hopes up that we're in the home stretch.

But just to show what frame of mind I'm in right now: I saw that photo right after the McDonald's photo and couldn't help but think "mm, french fries and cheeseburger". I swear I thought it was ketchup and mustard. And as a result, I'm starving!

kristal said...

I always post pictures, so take your pick! Here in New Mexico we get very used to brown and grey. The main source of color, even in the summer, is the sky. It is gorgeous, whether clear blue or cloudy.

{Michele sent me, but I'd come anyway!}

Stephanie Davies said...

That's really funny, before I saw the post, to me it looked like ketchup, mustard, and guacamole and sour cream on a plate!