The art and craft of pysanky

I Hate Orange

I don’t know why, but I hate the color orange.  Intellectually I know a world without orange would be boring, but given a choice, I’ll pick any other color over orange.  Even as a kid, I remember my orange crayon would remain in the box, tall and pointed, while the blue crayon wore down to a nub quickly.  I don’t wear orange clothing, there is no orange inside my house and when I see orange in Fall decorations, I grit my teeth and try to remember that Christmas reds and greens will replace it soon enough.

This aversion creeps up more often than you’d think.  A few years ago my husband, Dave, and I were choosing plants for our new back yard.  When the landscape designer asked about our color preferences Dave responded “lots of color, all kinds,” while I said, “anything except orange.”  Being the old married couple we are, we came to a compromise—bright orange goldfish in the pond but no orange flowers in the yard.

As a result of this dislike I tend to avoid orange in my art, a fact I did not realize until recently while going through some of my egg photos.  When I compared color choices and looked at a wide variety of examples from other pysanky artists I saw what a difference it can make.  I’ll even admit that orange can add welcome contrast and depth at times.

I still don’t like orange but if I want to grow as an artist I have to stretch beyond myself and experiment with new things, even the color orange.  So I’ll try…if I have to…I guess.

3 responses

  1. Essy

    Orange totally sucks on me. Sadly, I live in “Big Orange Country” (Tennessee), and I HATE explaining why I do not wear that god-awful color.

    August 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  2. Keith Elliott

    How about a beautiful sunset Teresa!

    Dislike of orange is something you and Sharon R. apparently have in common. I love orange and I admire your commitment to grow in this area of spiritual development 🙂

    August 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  3. Sharon Von

    I don’t care for orange ON me. But for part of my palette, it can be beautiful!!! I have a preference for cool colors myself. 🙂

    August 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

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