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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Gathering


Autumn is the time of year when we delight in warm beautiful colors. The trees put on a spectacular show of reds, golds, oranges, and yellows. Mums in burgundy, yellow, white and orange decorate front porches. Then, you have the pumpkins and gourds adding their brilliant colors to fall arrangements. There is one color that just doesn't get enough attention during the showy colors of fall....brown....plain, ordinary brown. 


In the Be Still 52 class this week our exercise was to gather signs of fall. I tried to stay away from the showy colors and focus more on the browns, tans, and golds. Where would the world be without these colors?


Brown is a serious, down-to-earth color that signifies stability, structure and support. It is solid with strength and maturity; think earth, dirt, rocks, and tree trunks. Brown is the predominant color on the planet along with green. It can be considered dull, boring and unexciting. In fact, it is one of the least preferred colors in the western world.



American Indians believe the color brown represents the power of self-discipline.


I like the way the Japanese think about brown. They don't have a specific word for brown. Rather, they use more descriptive names such as "tea-color," "fox-color," and "fallen-leaf."


Can you imagine life without brown?  What color would your coffee be....chocolate....whole wheat bread....nutmeg?  I hope you take some time to look around and enjoy brown along with all the other autumn colors. It's actually quite spectacular all by itself!


"I never met a color I didn't like."
Dale Chihuly

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Thank you to Sensational Color for facts about the color brown.

15 comments:

  1. I love your autumn captures, Cathy, especially the shiny brown acorn. I love the poetic and descriptive words the Japanese use for brown. So inventive!

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  2. Lovely captures and post - I've never seen a shiny brown acorn like that before. Interesting information about the color brown - I agree with you - it is a spectacular color!

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  3. Love this so much and totally agree! Brown can be so pretty!

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  4. The last picture is shot just right. Lovely.

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  5. What a great collection! Maybe we should adopt the Japanese method of naming for 'brown' and we might like it more. 'Brown' just sounds so ... well, brown. Fun post!

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  6. Superb post Cathy! I so enjoyed reading about Brown...it is one of my favorite colors and I'm always disappointed that I am unable to wear it. But I love it in nature. Your gathering is beautiful...acorns and oak leaves are my favorite for autumn.

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  7. Yea for brown! You certainly did this color proud. Beautiful arrangements. Since I am a choco-holic, I am a big fan of brown.

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  8. That acorn and frilly heart leaf are special. You make me think of brown in a whole new light.

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  9. I love every shade of brown! Love this post Cathy!

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  10. Thank you for making a good case for brown: I have been a bit negative about it, but you've convinced me with your words and photos.

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  11. Great gatherings and love the descriptions of brown.

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  12. Beautiful photos, beautiful post, beautiful BROWNS! I did not know that about the Japanese, but I love the idea and the concepts contained in those brown names. Each one brings a picture to mind that's so much more rich and interesting than our plain English "brown."

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  13. I love earth colors. Brown has never been beautiful to me until your descriptions of it :) Nature is true art!

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  14. Brown is a great fall color. I saw some berries yesterday that were brown and took pictures of them. Loving your acorns and leaves.

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  15. Your autumn captures are absolutely scrumptious.

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