Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #9 - Colors of Green

In honor of springtime, my TT this week is 13 different shades of green. Descriptions are taken from Wikipedia, with a few side comments from me. I've chosen 13 of my favorites (in random order other than spring green, which had to come first for obvious reasons). There are many others to choose from. Which ones are your favorites?

Spring green: This one had to be first of course. Spring green is a color that is the color on the color wheel that is halfway between cyan and green. It is an official web color name. It corresponds to a visual stimulus of 505 nanometers on the visible spectrum.

The complementary color of spring green is Rose.

Emerald: An emerald color is a shade of green that is particularly light and bright, with a faint bluish cast. The name derives from the typical appearance of the gemstone emerald. Ireland is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Isle due to its lush greenery.

Emerald City, from the fictional story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, is a city where everything from food to people are emerald green. However, it is revealed at the end of the story that everything in the city is normal colored, but the glasses everyone wears are emerald tinted.

3. Celadon: Celadon is a pale, sea-green pigment. From the French 'Céladon,' a character in L'Astrée (a romance by Honoré d'Urfé), celadon also refers to a type of pottery having the same pale green glaze, originally produced in China. Chemically, celadon is formed by combining chromium oxide, cadmium yellow, and titanium-zinc white. It was most commonly used in Korean art.

I had an incredible meal at the
Celadon Restaurant at the Sukhothai Hotel on my first night in Bangkok. I still salivate at the thought of their freshly made Thai iced tea, and the food was out of this world good.

Forest green: Forest green refers to a green color said to resemble the color of the trees and other plants in a forest. Forest green is one of the school colors of the University of the Philippines amd Cass Technical High School. It is also one of the team colors of the Forest Green Rovers F.C., an English football club.

Kelly green: Kelly green, also known as grass green or pigment green, is achieved by mixing cyan and yellow in equal proportions. This is the color green that is shown in the diagram located at the bottom of the following website offering tintbooks for CMYK printing.

This color is also called grass green. Colored pencils of the 1950s colored this were sometimes called grass green. Psychedelic art made people used to brighter colors of green, and pigment colors or colored pencils called "bright green" or "true green" are produced which approximate (with much less brightness that is possible on a computer screen) the electric green shown above.

Sea green: Sea green is a shade of green that resembles the sea floor as seen from the surface. Sea Green is notable for being the emblematic colour of the Levellers party in the politics of 1640s England. Leveller supporters would wear a sea-green ribbon, in a similar manner to the present-day red AIDS awareness ribbon.

Not every language distinguishes blue and green like English.

Pine green: Pine green is a greenish shade of cyan that resembles the color of pine trees. It is an official Crayola color.

Tea green: Tea Green is a light shade of green. And of course the color of the very delicious green tea.

Asparagus: Asparagus is a brownish shade of green that resembles the plant asparagus. It is an official Crayola color. I'm actually not crazy about this color, but I love to eat asparagus so I left it in. 10. Fern green: Fern green is a color that resembles ferns. A Crayola crayon with a similar color named Fern was created in 1998.

Jade: Jade is a saturated, slightly bluish green. The name comes from the stone called jade, although the stone varies widely in hue. A magnificent color to be sure.

Persian green: Persian green is a color used in pottery and Persian carpets in Iran. Other colours associated with Persia include Persian red and Persian blue. The color persian green is named from the green color of some Persian pottery and is a representation of the color of the mineral malachite. It is a popular color in Iran because the color green symbolizes Islam. The first recorded use of Persian green as a color name in English was in 1892.

The source of this color is the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955), a color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps.

And last and possibly least:

Olive: Olive is a dulled, darker yellowish-green color typically seen on green olives. It can be formed by adding a little black to yellow dye or paint. As a color word in the English language, it is unexpectedly old, appearing in late Middle English. Shaded green, it becomes olive drab.

Olive is a direct color name. Sometimes persons are said to be "olive-skinned", to denote shades of medium toned white skin with small hints of yellow and green. In religion, Olive is sometimes used as a Church color during Ordinary Time. (Question from Robin - what is Ordinary Time?). Shades of olive, such as Olive Drab, are frequently used for camouflage, or by the military in general.
I like olive because craggy old olive trees are particularly lovely in their own way, and because olive branches are a symbol of peace, but at the same time I dislike it because it brings with it thoughts of army uniforms, and the necessity of wearing them.

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impwork said...

Had a room when I was a kid that we painted apple green and a very 1970s jumper that was army green.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

cool! We are at that springtime point where the grass is starting to turn that lush color that just makes me nuts every year. Can't wait for the trees to get their leaves now.

Happy TT; I'm not up quite yet; the Tour Manager is futzing with my header.

Anonymous said...

Sea Green was my favorite crayon!

Raggedy said...

I like green!
Great green TT!
Happy TT'ing!
Mine is up too

Janet said...

Green! My favorite color and I neglected to include it on my list of favorite things that begin with G...doh!

EHT said...

I love the picture of the olive tree....beautiful.

Green is my favorite color no matter the shade.

I enjoyed your post very much.

Jenny McB said...

So I clicked on one of the links, can not believe what you can find in wikipedia.
So what shade of green is "green with envy"?

Joan said...

Green is definitely the color of the season. I love Emerald and forest green. Unfortunately, in Georgia right now everything is covered in that not-so-pleasant pollen green!

My TT is also posted.

Di said...

Don't forget sage...from my favorite boutique, Sage & Sky!

Anonymous said...

What a neat list! Emerald is my favorite!!! Happy TT!!

Denise Patrick said...

Neat post. I never considered that there were so many shades of green, but I knew all of the shades you mentioned.

Barbara said...

I love green. My LR/DR carpet is celery green,which is VERY light. My LR/DR Swags/Cascades are a darker green, and the sheers are celery. My eyes are VERY green. Did I say I LOVE green?

I've always heard the saying, 'Green as grass'.....which could mean lots of different colors. :)

Check out my TT

Wylie Kinson said...

You had me at Emerald... :)
Imaginative post!!
Remember that Kermit the Frog song, It's Not Easy Being Green?

Scribbit said...

Love your creativity here. Green was my favorite color for all my life until I finally gave into yellow the last couple years.

Tilly Greene said...

I love green, so soothing and calming...thinking of painting our bathroom celadon. Have had a paint chip next to the mirror up for a year at least...still love it.

Am I there yet? said...

Green is my favorite color! You can't make me choose just one favorite! It would have to be Jade...or Forest Green....or Spring Green. Oh! The choices!

Loved your list! Happy TT!

Anonymous said...

I love green. Green is a very comforting color.

Great list of green...I'll surely check out this post should I look for green to paint my wall.

Unknown said...

Green is my favorite color. I wish I painted at least one room in our house green. What does it for me is that delicte and vibrant 'teal leaf' green. It is very calming and soothing.

Unknown said...

By the way, I loved your post on Green. I enjoyed reading all the different kidns of green. i just made my FIRST TT . Go and have a look. thanks Robin!

Anonymous said...

I've always been partial to green, especially forest green. But you forgot one--institutional green. ;-) I think that was on the wall of my elementary school.

Happy TT Day. I'm up on Thirteen Reasons Spring is in the Air.

Anonymous said...

Emerald and Tea Green beautiful shades of green. Very creative TT!I really enjoyed reading your list.
Happy Thursday

Tink said...

Wonderful greens! I love all the greens in nature, so beautiful...
My TT is about posts without comments.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from the Emerald Isle!

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

Stunning color names. I think I'm adopting a couple for my latest heroine's eyes. Asparagus green, anyone? LOL!!

Anonymous said...

very nice colors. It makes me green with envy!

Annmarie McKenna said...

Well, I'm a loser. I thought celadon was a blue color! LOL.

Ash said...

Celadon actually is my favorite color.
Great list. happy TT!

Anonymous said...

I thought Caledon was blue too! Maybe I was thinking of Cerulean...

Gattina said...

Nice ! I usually do my greens myself. Blue and yellow and then I add other colors depending what green I want. (In painting of course)

Anonymous said...

I'm back!

The butterfly bush is also known as Buddleja

Please tell me where you cup of coffee in the corner of your blog. It it possible that I can get one?


L^2 said...

Fantastic list! I might have to borrow your idea and do 13 shades of purple - my favorite color. :-)
Happy TT.

Tempest Knight said...

Oh, I love the green color. Great post! :)

Lady G~ said...

I LOVE Spring time! Great list. Very creative too.

Green is my daughter, Soaring Amongst The Cloud's favorite color.

Hope you have a blessed Thursday!

Arlene said...

I am VERY impressed with all those shades of green!!
I played too :-)

Robin said...

Misslionheart - the coffee cup (and lots of other cool customizable graphics) is (are?) from a site called Image Chef:

PS I googled the butterfly bush. That's really pretty. I'd love to have it on my roof, but I don't think it grows here. We don't get quite as much rain as your beautiful Emerald Isle does.

Two Voices Publishing said...

This is a great list! I love asparagus green - the color it gets when it just begins to steam. And I love mint green, too.

Christina (BookTasty) said...

I like Fern Green...but you forgot Craoyla's Jungle Green; the best! Creative list!

Alexandra said...

Ordinary time is originally Catholic, and it's the color of the vestments when it's not a holy week(Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter). For instance, the color is purple(Penitence) during Lent(now ubtil Easter). It goes along with the liturgical calendar, and I think other Christian denominations use it as well, like Anglican, Lutherean, Methodists, etc.

Green is my favorite color!

Robin said...

Thanks for explaining that Alexandra. I'd guessed it had something to do with non-holiday times of the year, but I didn't know it would refer to the color of the vestments.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting list! I never realized that there were actually that many shades of green.

deedee said...

I love the color green, especially vert anise or aniseed green which ressembles tea green, I think.