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Favorite Color Post 
7th-Dec-2007 10:00 am
Olive Green
Tell me, very specifically, what is your most favorite color?

I tend to love them all for different reasons, but there is one color that stands out for me. And it can't be just any shade. And many people find it interesting to learn that for me it isn't a shade of purple. And this most beloved color for me can only be found in transparent mediums. It doesn't do the same for me as a flat color, although I do enjoy it. This color never fails to make me stop and wistfully enjoy it, wherever it occurs.

I think it may stem back to a happy moment in my childhood. I had several lengths of tiny clear plastic spheres on a strand. This color was more unusual than the rest of the strands and it's embedded in my memory. I can recall playing with those things, they were about 2' long and I'd hold one by an end, letting it dangle down and start spinning it until the it was a blur of color and shape. It's why, I think, I like cobalt blue glass, and ruby glass, and amber glass as well, but my favorite was the olive.

Interestingly, I could even find the scientific breakdown of my color! Olive-green colored reduced glass compositions are disclosed in which the glass is a soda-lime-silicate glass having Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3, S.sup.-2 and Cr.sub.2 O.sub.3 present in the following approximate ranges in % by weight.

Share a story of why if you have one, or just reply with a shade. But please, tell me your favorite color. Feel free to use pictures!


Comments 
7th-Dec-2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
this:

 


Edited at 2007-12-07 03:27 pm (UTC)
7th-Dec-2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Gunmetal Gray, particularly in brushed aluminum, has been my favorite for a few years.

Second is cobalt blue, particularly in translucence, such as my pint glasses.

Third would be deep supersaturated jewel tones, as they say.

Special mention goes to my favorite color of all time, a supersaturated deep dark yellow, because it's visually impossible - but exists in LAB color and your imagination. ;)
7th-Dec-2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I'm between favorites at the moment.

The usual cake-taker is the purple/black of a deep night sky.
7th-Dec-2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, yes. For me, that is the color of magick!
7th-Dec-2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
One, most favorite? Can't be done. It highly depends on what the color is on. Some of the top contenders are celery green, seafoam green, milky raspberry, plum, pumpkin, ... I could go on and on. Yeah, too many to pick from. It's like asking your audiophile husband what his favorite note or tone is.
7th-Dec-2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Silver, but only at its very brightest and best, and only in little tiny amounts. Seeing a tiny sliver of it at an unexpected time, when it's absolutely pristine is very magical. Or on a car. A clean car. Dirty change does nothing for me, though. I don't feel a little scream of joy every time someone hands me a quarter.

7th-Dec-2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh! Marvelous! This was the kind of story I was hoping to hear. YOu totally get the joy that I was trying to explain!!
7th-Dec-2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Just because most people don't want the kind of story you're asking for, when asked, I say "shiny." It usually amuses or confuses.
But you actually asked, so...
My favorite color is the metallic blue-green-black of a dragonfly's wing, that shade that is at once one color and 17, a color that changes with the sunlight. There is no picture I can attach.
Second favorite color, though, I can find a pic of - red silk. The color conveys the weight and sheen and even the feel of the fabric.
I never realized how complicated my thoughts about colors are. Maybe I should just stay with "shiny"...
7th-Dec-2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how much pleasure I get from hearing someone explain a particular color that sparks that joy and complex memory. I truly believe that colors, smells, and some sounds are all intense memory triggers.

Thank you so very much for sharing this!
7th-Dec-2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
red. specifically, this red:



it reminds me of passion, power, the dangerous femme fatales of yesteryear, seduction, and, in some ways, vulnerability.
7th-Dec-2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Totally your signature color.

*thinks* I may have inadvertently worn this shade thanks to you. *grin*
7th-Dec-2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
ruby woo! the most AMAZING shade of red. i really do have emotional attachments to that shade of lipstick :)
7th-Dec-2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't know the name of the shade, I only remember how you applied it. *wink*
7th-Dec-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
har!
7th-Dec-2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
A dark shade of scarlet. Something like #660000:

#660000
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7th-Dec-2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
That rich warm moss-green from the 70s. The closest of those glass containers is deep yellow olive.
7th-Dec-2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
That's the color of my living room walls. On purpose! *grin*
7th-Dec-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
*is jealous*

This was a really neat post/set of comments to read, by the way.
8th-Dec-2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am such a color junkie. I honestly can't stand to have any white rooms in my house. Neutrals just leave me feeling blah. I kinda got my curiosity up to find out what others consider beloved colors. I still hope to get some more comments.

Here are some pictures of the color on the living room walls
Living room photos
8th-Dec-2007 12:22 am (UTC)
That is an awesome green (although my fave green is yellower).

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Cafe/7423/green.jpg
http://www.limpidity.org/images/uploads/mossgreenskeins.jpg

are closer..

bedtime for me!
8th-Dec-2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Good old #FF0000. Reddest red.
8th-Dec-2007 06:28 am (UTC)
My favorite color is black.
Why? I don't know how to describe it.
I'll use someone else's poetry, "Black has become your favourite colour -- for all the things it can conceal."

When I wear black, I feel like I'm in a nice, familiar blanket.
8th-Dec-2007 08:46 am (UTC)
I love blue, but my favorite blue I call blue grey.
It's actually a blue grey with a touch of green in it.
It's funny you would mention your favorite color is best transparent, I had never thought of it like that. Mine is best flat.
I'll have to find the color, I just can't describe it and give it any justice...

Here, I found it, this is pretty close.

This is it, dark.
http://www.pumppack.com/images/blue_grey_mole_skin.jpg

This is it light and medium.
http://axner.com/axner/glazes/images/spectrum-glazes/spectrum-glaze-535-f.jpg

I like it between the medium and the dark.

Once in awhile I find a t-shirt or top in this color, and I wont wear it because I want to keep it. It's sad, really, I've grown out of two and held on to them anyway. One I turned into a pillow.
9th-Dec-2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
A specific shade of red always gets my attention. It's like blood, with warmth and depth and it seems thick, but with a touch more blue. It looks like ruby red depression glass. Deep, with light, but not bright or shiny. In fabric, it feels quiet and loud at the same time. I can't look away from it.

http://www.firstclassglass.com/patterns1/elegant/morg%20brilliant%2010oz1.gif

10th-Dec-2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Deep rich purple with a blue/red undertones. Definitely no fuschia/pink tones to it.

I spent this past summer painting my study Exotic Purple. Purple, to me, is the colour of passion, strength and intensity.
11th-Dec-2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
And royalty *wink*
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