Thursday, 4 March 2010

Alphabe-Thursday G is for Greens

It's Thursday again - doesn't it seem to come round quickly, and here were are already up to G, which stands for GREENS



I don't know if "greens" is a universally accepted expression for cabbage, broccoli and other brassicas but most people of my generation at least will recall the horror that the word evoked in us as children when faced with school dinners or a visit to a culinarily challenged relative. I have a feeling that it may mean something slightly different in the US - you will set me straight on that I am sure.



However, the greens I want to talk about are the beautiful shades of that colour in both art and nature. In my box of watercolours (which have been sadly neglected of late) the pan that is almost empty is the sap green. This is the colour of fresh green leaves, a slightly yellow green which looks good with any other colour.

In my wardrobe there are many different greens and I have selected a few for my next picture. When I was at High School our uniform was navy blue but when we got to the sixth form we were allowed to wear anything blue. After a while a chart went up on the art room wall, showing what was and what was not "blue" and woe betide anyone caught wearing something that did not match the chart. So those bluey-greens, or greeney-blues always remind me of Mrs Archer and her chart!

I believe I am right in saying that there are more recorded shades of green than any other colour and that it is considered to be the most restful. As summer comes and the leaves on the trees turn from Sap Green to Hunter Green or Viridian, Serpentine or Celadon, sitting under them is the most wonderful way to experience and rejoice in God's wonderful world.

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14 comments:

  1. Growing up we had plates with little green flower decorations on the border. So when my mother would say she wanted us to have some greens, we would tease that they were already on our plate.

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  2. Ooooh - I thought for a moment you were going to be reminiscing about the smell of greens cooking for far too long on a Sunday lunch time!! I should have known better!

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  3. green is a great post, esp with st patty's day coming up :D

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  4. Green is one of my favourite colours :)

    I had a Mrs Archer at school.. nasty old dragon she was as well..

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  5. Oh this made me smile. That color is always almost gone in my watercolor boxes, too! It is such a vibrant neutral shade!

    Thanks for for this G lorious post!

    A+

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  6. I love green too. I enjoyed your G post!

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  7. beautiful photos...is the painting one of yours? I really love it.

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  8. loved your g post, i can picture sap green in my head and i want to colour with it!!! green always reminds me of the earth and peace ...

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  9. I have my living/dining room painted green and I love it. Great post.

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  10. Yes, 'greens' when I was growing up meant those aromatic green veggies....usually boiled to mushiness.
    I love green - the green of the Pacific Northwest, from yellow-green to black-green and all the fresh, light, deep (you get the picture!) greens in between.

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  11. I love green in all its wonderful shades and variations......

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  12. They're called greens here too and I still feel horror when I see them! Not on my plate. :)

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  13. I love the color green. Great post! "Greens" in Texas often means things like Collard greens, Turnip greens, Mustard greens cooked with lots of bacon and onion (ick)... I prefer my greens along the lines of lettuces and herbs in salad! :)

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  14. I so like the way you cropped your greens for such a nice emphasis and close up view. Really nice post! Thank you.

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