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The Consistent Bright Spring Landscape

The Consistent Bright Spring Landscape

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The word Season describes your natural colouring. In the colour world, there are 12. A personal colour analysis tells you which is yours.

Is Season dated?

Why use the word Season if it sounds old-fashioned?

Because we are children of a planet on which light and season change as it describes an ellipse around the sun.

Our pigments harmonize with those of our world. They send wavelengths and have frequencies that communicate in concert with our surroundings.

Those energies react with our retina to put colour in our brain. Colour doesn’t actually exist, only energy does. If that is not amazing, IDK what is.

Though our pigments have different organic chemistry (hemoglobin, melanin, carotene), they evolved with the world in which they live. In the course of these thousands of years, we learned to feel colour.

People remember the colour associations. Thanksgiving table suggests Autumn.

Because Season evokes associations of scent, texture, moisture, movement. So do colours.

Because all of the above is as true now as in the 80s.

Bright Spring

The pigments that make up a Bright Spring person look a lot like the True Spring colours, meaning they’re clear and pure, warmed by yellow, and fairly light. When those colours get mixed with a bit of Winter, they become even more clear, and less warm and less light.

With input from 2 True Seasons, Bright Spring is called a Neutral Season. They have warmer and cooler versions of each colour in their skin, hair, and eyes, and so in their colour palette.

These individuals may appear darker and contrasting than they are once draped. Keep in mind that Season is not determined by how we look, but how our own colours react to adjacent colours. At times, the person looks Spring-like, with a blonde hair and blue eyes appearance. And very often, they look like Summers, especially when eyes are blue or blue-green.


The colours speak to me as lush and natural, like a jungle. The life force of Spring and the impact of Winter co-exist. Winter places a cool veneer on the surface but the invisible sense is of life gathering energy to see it through the freedom and bloom coming in True Spring. Tension is building, and when the spring uncoils, True Spring will truly have sprung.

blooming flower

The Persona

This person sparkles. They have wit, conversation, joy, and humour. Winter gives them formality, organization, and some seriousness with the darkness in their appearance, but it’s not heavy-handed. Spring’s sunshine relaxes them, still with enough cool to give them quickness of movement.

Playful and clean, it’s all fun and games but there are reasons for not wanting to get in this water. Winter means risk. Winter element brings an edge, something that isn’t too comfortable.

polar bear in bright spring water

These persons look more delicate than they are, like the finest icicles and waterfalls. This is not daintiness, frills, or fragility. Rather, think of the morning after a freezing rainstorm. The branches are coated with a thin layer of ice, looking like frozen feathers. The world looks more tough than soft, but we feel no threat. The sun is getting warmer, we can hear the music of melting ice, and we know the tough part is temporary, almost pretend.

This is a charming and very social person. Spring’s easy smile greets you, more friendly than you really expected. Spring’s love of dialogue appears, less reserved and more joking than you really expected. You’re carried along by an optimistic and open personality, but one who never fully lets themselves go. Winter still has a hand on the wheel and decorum will matter. It crosses your mind to wonder why this dark landscape is so sunny. How can it feel so right to have the sun out at night?

The Clothes

What would it feel like to be standing by those crocuses above or in the jungle at sunrise with your eyes closed?

The air is clean and brisk, sweet and sharp at once. You smell wet ground and new life. You’d prefer to keep one eye open, having no sense of being snug or sheltered, but it’s still ok.

Life is so vital right now that it feels a bit unsteady. When you open your eyes, you expect that it will look different than moments ago. How might you do that with apparel?

Wear a deep and pure blue-purple shirt with silver writing, whirls, or sparks.

bright spring colour outfits


Bright Spring Accessories

Do not have a brown or black purse. Connected to a person so sparkly, it looks like luggage. Ditto the generic brown or black shoe, suitcases on feet. Black is fine if it’s not chunky and usual.

Choose patent leather over suede.

Wear fun and colourful exercise type shoes (and clothes).

Wear coloured coats and shoes, ballet flats in fun patterns, sparkly accents, gold or silver threads woven into scarves.

Wear lots of colour. It looks good. You sparkle and so does it. Not matched? No problem. From Harry Winston to costume jewelry. Fancy, cheap, pretty, silly, all fine if it reminds you of the thinnest layer of crackling glass.

bright spring colour jewelry and accessories


Learning and becoming your Season is like hearing a language you grew up with. ย Look inward for truth and you may feel that it plucked a string. You’ll find a place waiting for you that will enfold you, while another person would always stay the square peg. You can choose to stand still, but life is much more fun if you keep moving towards the heat.


45 Thoughts on The Consistent Bright Spring Landscape

  • "; ?> Nynd

    “Foooooor aaaaaaaa spoonful of sugar helps the medicine, go dowwwwwn … in the most delightful way!”

    You always find the spoonful of sugar, Christine – thanks for showing us the jolly holiday in this beautiful season.

    (Or as Burl Ives once sang: “When I turned the icicles up/They turned to ice-cream cones …”)

  • "; ?> Yelena

    Such a beautiful Season! I love the brightness and fun of this Color Palette! You’ve done an amazing job on creating this post! So much important information!

    Well done! As always!

    Warm Regards,

  • "; ?> AC

    Christine – you hit my inner landscape spot on. I was thinking of crocuses, just wasn’t sure of the name in English. I love the Polar bear playing in the water and the idea of a “morning after a freezing rainstorm. The branches are coated with a thin layer of ice, looking like frozen feathers. The world looks more tough than soft, but we feel no threat. The sun is getting warmer, we can hear the music of melting ice, and we know the tough part is temporary, almost pretend.”
    But I am warming to the jungle and the lush power colours. I just wasn’t in any way even remotely aware that “hot flipping powerful pink” connects with my lips, makes my hair shine and my eyes go bright green.
    You nailed it, Christine. At least for me.
    I am really glad my comment on the triadic combination spurred something for you. I have gained so much from reading your posts – and I am sure I will continue to do so.

    May I add that I never really “believed” in the personality traits – it felt a bit too much like horoscopes to me. However (even before your article above) when I began reading about winters and springs I realized that this is me. I felt at home. Not boxed in, just at home. This is my turf. Many of the things you have written above are very true for me. It may vary a lot from person to person, but the combination of power and fragility is there. It is almost like the classic idea of an artist. Extreme power when on stage and at times unbelievable fragility behind the stage. I think the clue is to recognize one self in the landscape… or rather – allowing your self to be who you really are and not trying to change that, but instead to enjoy its inherent force.

    Thank you very much for your work (writing isn’t easy, but you do it very well). I will read your article many times ๐Ÿ™‚

  • "; ?> Fil

    Christine, thank you for writing about Bright Springs! I am going to take the time to read your post in detail this weekend. I love to see how other people view/experience the season. Already from a quick browsing I see many bits that ring very true.

    I have come to think that Bright Springs are firmily on the upper-right corner of the Enneagram: Nines :), Twos, but also Ones with a strong Seven connection, and many Threes. And have you noticed how BSp’s pepper their comments with smiley faces? ๐Ÿ˜‰ !! (and exclamation marks!)

  • "; ?> Rachel Arnt-Schemmel

    Beyond the excellent Bright Spring stuff, thank you for making a few extremely good points. Yes, that’s why 12. Yes, that’s why seasons. And I love that you’ve brought in mirror neurons. <3

  • "; ?> Fil

    Listening to that most BSp of musical compositions (Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor — 1st movement):


  • "; ?> Helen

    Wonderful! What’s interested me most is separating out where the line is between Bright Winter and Bright Spring is – as you say, once you know what your season is NOT it gets much easier to identify and recognise what your season IS. The description of light reflecting out and light being absorbed told me a lot, I would have put the bright bright bright colours in Bright Winter as well, but I’m starting to see now the two sides of that same coin. A bit like the difference between a soft autumn and a soft summer, and understanding that it isn’t just the warm/cool shades of the same colour group, and that there are particular characteristics of those seasons and the way that they influence each other.

    I was analysed by the UK based House of Colour as a jewel (bright) winter, (and yes, I’m the one who hated being a soft autumn…. LOL, that kind of explains why it wasn’t working!) but have grabbed the opportunity for a Sci/Art analysis and am meeting Nikki in London soon! Thank you for flagging up her UK visit! In the meantime, if Nikki doesn’t agree with Bright Winter for me, each new nugget of understanding about how unique the colour groups are is fascinating and builds more knowledge. I’m so enjoying this landscapes series, the multi sensory descriptions are powerful.

  • "; ?> Anette Henriksen

    Thanks Christine
    for this lovely artikel about Bright Spring colouring ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now I better understand, why I always has been attracted to bright color all my life
    in clothes, flowers, decoration, furnishing my house and even my car is bright red ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great work – I am impressed who much I can tell about colors and I learn something new every day.
    Canร‚ยดt wait to get your new book ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love from Anette Denmark

  • "; ?> Anette Henriksen

    Sorry, how much YOU can tell about colors…:-D

  • "; ?> Melinda

    I love the idea that once you become internally aware of your own personal place in your season, you can find ways to express that in pictures, clothing, and everything that surrounds you. To me it shows how we all represent the rainbow of humanity. I feel like jumping up and shouting ‘GO US! Be who you are!’ It also makes me realize how diverse life is and how the people we come into contact with every day really make up the tapestry in which we live.

    I couldn’t help posting because I’m so excited about being me. I love to look at others and see how wonderful they are, how beautiful they are and how amazing they have lived their lives. I haven’t taken enough time to see how I can contribute to life and that I am an important part of that too. I really feel like I am beginning to tap into my own seasonal connection and I’m starting to feel more comfortable with who I am deep inside.

    Thanks again for the great article and wonderful comments. There is a great bunch of people here and I totally agreen with Helen, the multi sensory discriptions are very powerful. Love it!

  • "; ?> Fil

    I’ve now read this article so many times. Love the descriptions and the pictures — lovely Julie Andrews, adorable polar bear, the beautiful crocus, and can you believe that stunning blue tinge on the snow (like our icy blue)? The concept of Bright Spring has expanded in my mind, and so has the love for this season. And for some strange reason, “high-end workout clothes” have been on my mind since “becoming” a BSp :). You-re right, jeans not so much. Ditto on the black shoes, though with my hair color I tend to like these, but they need to be a bit more feminine. Black in clothing looks better if it is a bit warmed up with a touch of yellow, otherwise it can be pretty overwhelming. And I can now give up they idea of chunky jewlery, which I never liked, but thought I ought to }:(

    The polyvore shows the contrast between BW and BSp so well. It is worth taking the time to find BSp colors/combinations, BW or DAu just doesn’t cut it.

    Thanks for a great read!

  • "; ?> AC

    Melinda – just wanted to say that I always enjoy reading your comments. You have such a full on, happy, investigating (in a positive sense), curious approach. I hope people here will protect that ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think there is wonderful freedom in becoming ever more your self – and not trying to be something we are not. You are lucky to discover that at an early age ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • "; ?> Marianne

    Great article!
    Can’t wait until you write one like it for BW. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • "; ?> Alexandra

    And True Winter, please too. I always learn so much from your posts and the comments.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Thank you so much AC, I needed to hear that today!

  • "; ?> AC

    Fil – Have bought Smashbox blush Radiance – it is screaming pink and intense in the pan, put it blends perfectly on my skin and looks very natural! Thank you for the recommendation.
    While I was at it I bought a purple eye shadow called Enchanted (also Smashbox). It looks beautiful. Christine, I know you might think it a bit too young with purple eyeshadow (? I am 37)… but, it looks really good, has a nice clearing effect on the eye, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • "; ?> Fil

    AC — That’s great! Quite incredible, isn’t it? The end result is such a beautiful color…
    And can I try the shadow if I’m 49? I’m certainly going to give it a look very, very soon :))

  • "; ?> AC

    Fil – you had me laughing out loud there ๐Ÿ™‚ Go get it!

  • "; ?> Fil

    I might just, I looked it up online and it is beautiful!

  • "; ?> inge

    And here in theso very appropriate song (A spoonfull of sugar)…

  • "; ?> fx

    Wait I’m confused now. I always thought that bright winter (or clear winter as some other websites mention) has the brightest colors of all 12 seasons. But looking at the pic above where you put bright winter and bright spring colors side by side, seems to me that the bright spring is a tad brighter than bright winter. The bright winter colors seem a bit darker and more subdued in that pic, which logically makes perfect sense considering that winter is a dark season as opposed to spring which is light.

    But everytime I look at other websites, most of them have me convinced that bright winter is essentially the brightest season in terms of color palette (one particular website even goes on to say that bright winter’s colors are super duper bright). So I’m confused. (Although I guess it wouldn’t make too much difference for both since they are sister seasons so each can wear some colors from both seasons.)

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Both BW and BSp have the brightest, meaning the clearest, colours. Bright doesn’t mean shocking, it means pure colour. High saturation. In this, the Bright Seasons are very close and very high. B Sp are yellower, which may appear brighter as in sunny and light, but that’s not really what ‘bright’ means. Also, we’re depending on what I can find at Polyvore, which isn’t always perfect, and how our monitors affect colour.

  • "; ?> Gail

    Oh, thank you so much for this article! I am a bright spring in coloring and in personality – like a bubbling brook. I especially appreciate the makeup references. I live in very rural Kansas and must order nearly everything online, so having exact colors and brands is so wonderful.
    I remember years ago a coworker remarking that she had never seen a fair blonde who could wear such bright colors – well, now we know why!

  • "; ?> Cynthia L. Lott

    When I was young I was told I was a winter, everyone of my sister including my mother, are winter. Then in the eighties i told i was autum Stayed forever. kept going back there. Then setteled into being a dark autum. As I got older wearing darker autum coloring I felt dragged down. Then I remembered in school, I would wear green, coral and red shoes.
    lime green with black, tourquise golden yellow. Maybe I’am a spring, no, I had redgold hair as a chld red with lots of gold highlights light feckles, but Big brown eyes. People have also commented on my eyes. Dark eyes but not as deep as dark qutm more light and color in them a dark grey rim around them. I think Iam a Bright Spring.
    Do say horray now, and dance, been on this misson forever.

    Please help Cynthia

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Who can know without draping, Cynthia? It’s amazing how easy it is to describe people once their Season is known and everything makes sense, and how hard it is to make sense of person who’s not been correctly draped. You could send me a photo taken every year of your life and I wouldn’t know your Season. Good colour observations though. Lots of Spring clues, I agree.

  • "; ?> JC


    Thank you for all the research and writing you do about color. I’ve learned so much from you—and truly appreciate your insights.

    I—like so many others—wasanalyzed as a winter, then a summer. I NEVER would have considered myself as a spring, although many friends thought I was an autumn. Well after reading you and playing with drapes and lipsticks, I’ve concluded that I am a bright spring. My eyes are dark olive green with yellow and a pumpkin-colored donut space around the pupil.

    So many thanks to you for clarifying something that’s fascinated but eluded me for so many years.

    Now a question. I think Jackie Kennedy was a bright spring, though I’ve seen her listed a winter. What do you think?

    Thank you, JC

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I can see where Jackie could be DW or BW. I always got more of a DW feeling, maybe from the squareness of the jaw. I don’t see her as a Spring, though I’m going from memory that her eyes were very dark.

  • "; ?> JC

    Christine, thanks for responding to my Jackie Kennedy question. You mention that the shape of her jaw suggests to you that she may have been a Dark Winter. That’s very interesting!

    What kind of bone structure do you consider consistent with a bright spring? My own is what Kibbe categorizes as Dramatic Classic—-do you see that as consistent with bright spring?

    Thank you—–

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Bright Spring is the one that defies the averages, that has not stereotypes, that is different every time you see it. The Kibbes can be found in all 12 Tones and I would think the high contrast and sharp smoothness could be great.

  • "; ?> Joy Boardman

    Your articles and the photos you choose are so helpful. I love all of your juicy adjectives. I’m so happy to finally settle on the fact that I am a bright spring. Thank you!!

  • "; ?> nicci

    I may have misunderstood, but I thought the idea of colour analysis was to find the colours a person looked best in, from the point if being make up free. Recently ive noticed that so many color analyses seem to rely on making the make up match the saturation of the drapes, not the person, it feels like everyone cd be draped as a bright spring with a bright pink lippie and I feel this is inauthentic.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I think you understood it the same way that I do. These are the colours we look best in makeup free, at least by my definition of best. We look most healthy. The skin is tightest to the bones. The pores are smallest. The face is slimmest. And many other benefits. It goes a bit deeper too, in that these are the colours that we really are. Women will sometimes say, “But I still see this shadow or that blemish.” The answer is, “That’s because you really have that blemish or that shadow. Now I can make them go away in various ways, but nothing happens without a price. If the price is to yellow the skin or widen the face, that is too high a price.” So, we are finding the truth of you.
      I am sure you made this connection already but the idea is not so much to match the drapes in everything you buy. Again, it is that but it also goes deeper in that you are the drapes. If you are a Light Spring, your inherent pigments are those drapes. Otherwise you would have tested into another Season’s drapes. The palettes are the person, the person is the drapes, the drapes are the palettes. The entire system is linked together, follows the same premises, the same incremental colour shifts. There is no way that everyone could be draped as BSp if the analyst has correct drapes and understands how to interpret them. No way in the world. And I am 100% on board with you, that would be hopelessly inauthentic and not look best, or even good.

  • "; ?> M

    This is the most sensitive and sensible article I have found yet online about the Bright Spring season. There was many a lightbulb moment for me on this page, many a confirmation. I am also a Type 1/4 (basically, Spring with Winter secondary) in the Dressing Your Truth system and a Theatrical Romantic in Kibbe (for which your jewelry examples are for the most part perfect :)). Having thought for years that I was cool and having been placed in Winter at a young age I went with that for years, but something was definitely not quite right despite being a brunette with high contrast, pale skin and green eyes (with gold in them, I might add!). Bright Spring answers all the questions and includes all the colors I can wear so well, those colors that were “forbidden” for being too warm (like bright aqua and coral and light bright yellow-green) but I can wear them so much better than Winter colors which were always a bit too dark and heavy, but I never could quite put my finger on it, kind of an “almost but not quite” that the slight warmth clears my skin and even makes me feel physically better! Bright Spring surprises me but not entirely as it fills in all the gaps and makes perfect sense!

    Very helpful would be a few comparable examples of drugstore makeup for those who cannot afford MAC and Lauder, it would so be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

  • "; ?> Laura

    After going back and re-reading some of the older Bright Spring articles, I realize I get more out of them each time. Sorting through my Pinterest boards has also helped reinforce your message. Thank you.

  • "; ?> Erin

    I am a singer and have always been told. “you sound just like Julie Andrews!” And was just draped as Bright Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Coincidence? I think not…

  • "; ?> Monica Urizar

    Can bright spring people wear rose gold jewelry?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      They can, Monica, but as always, it depends on the colour of rose gold. For Bright Spring, the yellow, coral, and pink tones are pure and strong, and the impression is more of coral than red. The metal is shiny.
      The answer to your question also depends on taste. I find rose gold to be a demanding metal in some ways, very noticeable, perhaps because the colour is not found among natural human pigments. A good way to choose a colour is by placing the item on your palette or among some clothing items you feel well in. If the balance is good and looks beautiful to you, it will be great.

  • "; ?> Shady Malaeb

    My personality is all Springy. Been playing in BSp..

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      It often is with Springs, Shady ๐Ÿ™‚

  • "; ?> m.

    Unbelievable as it my seem but I have just discovered that Kim Kardashian is Bright Spring too, despite looking dark. She’s not a Dark Winter or a Dark Autumn.

  • "; ?> Rosetta

    m, how have you “just discovered” that, as there’s no other way of knowing for sure than draping her, which I doubt you have done..? She’s always mentioned as a DA, and that seems a much better fit than BSp, to be honest.

  • "; ?> Melina

    m, how would you know that, unless you have draped her…?

  • "; ?> m.

    I don’t need to drape her, I just see how she great bright and slightly warm colors are for her. She is said to be a dark season, but for me her skin has always looked muted and washed out in the surrounding of dark colors, no matter if they’re cool or warm. The same goes with make up – dark colors look heavy on her. She looks much better in lighter makeup and in bright pink lipstick.
    Her complexion looks very healthy and alive while she is wearing bright colors such as yellow, orange or green. These photos I saw are of good quality, so I’m pretty sure she represents this season.

  • "; ?> Melina

    m, I will just quote what Christine said in comments in another post (“Time for a change in hair color”):
    “IDK any current celebrities for most Seasons. I hope that a reader can share some ideas, keeping in mind that for most celebrity images, a guesstimate may not be their actual Season.”

    And just to add, for clarification – draping is the ony way to know someone’s season for sure, so your comment “I donโ€™t need to drape her” sounds pretty arrogant in that respect, tbh.

  • "; ?> m.

    I don’t mean to be arrogant, I’m just pretty confident about what I have noticed. And I’m aware that many websites tend to categorize celebrities according to their hair colour (natural or dyed) and eye colour, therefore some tend to assume that for instance, a dark looking person must be a dark season.
    KK is dark looking person with pretty neutral skin tone – that’s what you’re able to notice when you see many photos of her. Depending on the lightining, she tends to look more cool or more warm. But according to what I see, she always seems to be overwhelmed by dark colours, no matter of the quality of a photograph or the lightening. On the other hand, I see that bright, rather warm colours make a great harmony with her skin tone. It doesn’t happen with very cool colours (True Winter) and dark ones.
    You can agree with what I think about her potentially best colouring or not, it’s just my observations.

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