I was reminded a few days ago how spectacular is the Colour Team of orange, orange/red, red/orange, red when Australians were treated to the longest blood moon eclipse this century. Thanks to Jane who had the energy to get to the beach and watch the spectacle, we have our own photo. Amazing wasn’t it.

But why does this Red/Orange moon capture our attention and our emotions? What does this colour do to us? When out on my morning walk with Gypsy why was I delighted to see flashes of orange and red appearing in the Melbourne winter gardens? There were Clivias...
And Bird of Paradise reminding us Spring is on the way.

The experts claim: Orange, the blend of red and yellow, is a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow. Orange is associated with meanings of warmth, sunshine, enthusiasm, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, ...Orange is the color of joy and creativity. Orange promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy that should be shared, such as compassion, passion, and warmth. Orange will help a person recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride ! (

So looking at Winter Orange by Erin Hanson should make you feel much better if you're a little down today.

And personally I find Moonlight Sonata by Seshadri, an artist I have recently discovered, particularly restful.
And Seshadri's Autumn Glory is inspiring.
And the power in Glorious Sunset is almost overwhelming. All created in tones of Orange.
I highly recommend you take a look at the works of Seshadri. You won't be disappointed.

I also recommend if you are into Colour in a dedicated sort of way this article is enlightening! After all, it's all about Orange!

I am sure those of you who are living in the Northern Hemisphere don’t want to be reminded of any of these warm to hot colours so tomorrow I promise something cool.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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