Will any take this challenge?

This is about colours and yes, it’s a trap.  The challenge is – how would you describe the colours in this picture?  In other words, itemise the colours if you would.

If we have a few takers, I’ll then post one entry I received and you can then compare. If we have no takers, I’ll wait until tomorrow morning.  Here tis:


Name the colours of the flowers please, plus leaves, fruit, stamen, vase.

20:27: This description of the colours came my way:

Quite obviously there is the huge bright crepe paper white flower with the dull gold center….light brown maybe. Another white included is the creamy egg shell white vase sitting upon the Carrara marble table which is grey white with hints of a darker varigated grey throughout that looks like slight bruises. The table sits atop a brinell coloured, or possibly it is a dull maple slender brown, pedestal.

The greens displayed in many of the the leaves are the deepest of emerald green to almost a blue black green. The underside of some of the leaves that are displayed are a yellow gold as well are the other variety of three leaves right up front. Two of the leaves up top left are brighter yellow green than some of the others.

There is a variety of shades and tones of pinks!

The wide vase with the painted flowers are what I call pretty pink or baby pink. That may not be a true name for it. The pinks there are not flat pink in that they have had a bit of a light wash applied to to them. They are outlined in light rose, silvery, goldish tone ..a slight shine.

The large berries to the right, just below the large white flower are what I think of as peachy pink. Each is a little different to the other in the tone or tint…or due to shadows too. The one in the forefront appears lighter…than the three behind it. Still a pink, but a white tint with a very slight hint of yellow. The oth er three are richer with a deeper tone of peach pink , but also has the very very light hint of yellow in them. I have described the deep emerald green leaves.

The stems and tendril are very similar to the rosy silvery flower outline in the vase. I do think those flowers are artificial. The arrangement seems to be a mixture of artificial and real flowers. Although some artificial flowers really are amazing these days…so who knows?

Going counter clockwise above the large berries is a peach/ light salmon coloured rose and bud in the same family colour. To the left of that is a pink rose of varying degrees of pink on it as happens with roses. The closer and tighter part of the rose is a deep rosy pink it becomes lighter and reminds me of leotard pink…maaaaybe a bit more pink…but near. The leotards for ballet practice is what I mean….actually the flower is a bit more true light pink.

Continuing to the left at 11:00 hiding under the turned leaf is an open flower in a champagne…well maybe a light light mauve …no, no more of a light champagne colour.

After that comes a light peach/ salmon coloured rose. It is quite a bit lighter than the one at 2:00. It could be due to lighting or just because. Still, in the same family.

Lastly, the smaller berries can be seen in various pinks, from peaches, salmon, rosy and pinky colours. Also there are ones that are peachy yellows with a hint of pink. The cluster of small berries seem to echo all of the other shades of the pinks and peaches throughout the arrangement.

Whites….3 shades
Green ….2 shades
Yellow/gold…2 shades
Brown …2 shades
Pinks, peaches, rosy pink, light mauve to champagne, silvery (pale rose) gold (?)

My own poor attempt to describe the colours:

10 comments for “Will any take this challenge?

  1. Distant Relative
    November 7, 2019 at 18:22

    Some of the flowers are of a colour that doesn’t exist. It’s some jiggery-pokery to do with light, colour spectrum and construct of the eye. That vase looks like a cake btw. Shall I go now? 🙂

    • November 7, 2019 at 18:51

      I’m not asking for comprehensive from the boys, just note one or two is fine.

  2. ivan
    November 7, 2019 at 18:58

    The question is ‘describe’ or ‘list’ which can, and will, give two different answers.

  3. Doonhamer
    November 7, 2019 at 20:13

    Red, Green and Blue.
    Indicated by RGB.

    • November 7, 2019 at 20:16

      Love it. More soon. I’ll post the one I received in the body of the post.

  4. FoS
    November 8, 2019 at 08:05

    ‘Bout time I put a damper on all this gentle jollity.

    According to the physics of perception, it is impermissible in an everyday world context to say that something ‘is’ a colour.

    The colour we see arises from the scattering and absorption properties of the surface and near-surface atoms and molecules of the object. The leaves in this object, for example, are not green – they merely scatter a selection of light at greenish wavelengths and absorb everything else.

    This can be demonstrated very easily when the incident light is not white – that is, does not contain a broad range of visible wavelengths. If you observe the vase and its contents in a green light, say, you will see entirely different colours.

    It is only permissible to speak of the colour of something when we speak of its colour temperature, which arises from the wavelengths of the emissions at any particular temperature. At room temperature, therefore, its colour ‘is’ somewhere in the deep infrared that our eyes can only perceive as black.

    If you remove all incident light (e.g. in a blacked out room) in order to see the ‘colours of this object’ you will ‘see’ only black.

    Doonhammer’s comment about RGB is also very perceptive. On a flatscreen monitor the colours we see are those emitted by stimulated LEDs; on a reproduction of the object that would be light refracted from the surface molecules of the ink, a situation mimicking that of the object itself.

    • November 8, 2019 at 09:32

      Thank you, sir, our Dampener in Ordinary, whose role is putting the kybosh on fanciful ideas.

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