Orange is the colour of the extrovert and of the self confident. It is more gentle than red, but it still attracts the attention. It is energising and it inspires vitality and enthusiasm. In some cultures it’s associated with entertainment and amusement.
In nature the orange colour comes from carotens, photosynthetic pigments that absorb the light from the sun and that give a colourful print. You might think that the autumn leaves become colourful, but in reality they loose the green chlorophyll which acts as a paint and they proudly show off their true, vibrant orange nature!
Which word was invented first: orange as a colour or orange as a fruit? As a fruit. The first use of the word orange as a colour is dated to around 1500. Before that, people used to refer to it with the words red, yellow-red or saffron. And saffron is still the word used in Asia to refer to all the different tones of orange.
Orange is the easiest colour to see in low light or in water and that’s why life jackets are orange.
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I have few paintings featuring orange, for example a trunk of the colourful Eucalyptus Tree, a romantic sunset and a dramatic sunset sky.
My next post will end the series of The Psychology of colour, with an interesting consideration about how COVID affected us.
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