(Raindrops on a flower petal. Photo by Robin. 2007)
My one and only color request is for the color purple.
I thought purple would be easy because it just so happens purple is my favorite color. That should mean that I have lots and lots of photos of purple. Right?
Wrong. Purple is rarer than I thought. It’s not that I can’t find it anywhere, but it’s not nearly as abundant in life as the greens, reds, yellows, blues, and browns. Even the grays put in more appearances than purple. Perhaps that’s what makes it so special — its rarity.
(Lilacs. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Purple is a complicated color, a combination of cool blue and red hot. There are many varieties of purple including imperial (Tyrian) purple, royal purple, and generic or vulgar purple. Tyrian purple was used by the Romans and Egyptians as a symbol of royalty. The dye was made from a mullusk and it was expensive to make so only the very wealthy could afford anything colored with this dye.
(Deep purple tulip. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Royal purple is a bluer shade of purple used in medieval Europe. Once again, the dyes were much too expensive for the working class and so the color was worn mostly by the medieval kings and queens.
(Photo by Robin. 2007)
Generic or vulgar purple is the color of grape jelly. During the 1920’s, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were associated with the working class and the most popular jelly (thanks to Welch’s) was grape.
(These are not grapes. Photo by Robin. 2006)
Eggplant, plum, violet, lilac, mulberry, wine, and lavender are some of the many shades of purple.
(Lavender. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Purple is associated with spirituality, meditation, and healing.
(Photo by Robin. 2006)
It’s a color that’s often used to symbolize magic and mystery.
(Magical Mummers. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Violet, part of the purple family, is the color of the Crown chakra, located at the top of the head and associated with intuition, knowing, spirituality and integration.
(Violets. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Wearing purple will encourage fantasy, imagination, and mystery.
(My other pair of Best Socks in the Universe. Photo by Robin. 2006)
I associate purple with some of the first flowers of spring (hyacinths, tulips, woodland violets, lilacs). Purple is often paired with a rosy pink to create colorful sunsets in the Bogs.
(A purple evening in the Bogs. Photo by Robin. 2007)
It was the purple combined with the rosy pink that inspired M and I to paint the back of our house entirely different colors from the front and sides.*
(The back of my home at moonrise/sunset. Photo by Robin. 2006)
Our bedroom is color-washed in purple, too.
(Photo by Robin. 2006)
I can’t think of anything else to say about purple right now. I’m sure I’ll come up with all sorts of clever things once I’ve hit the Publish button. In the meantime, here are few more photos of purple for your viewing pleasure. If that’s not enough, be sure to visit this website to soak in some more of this wonderful color.
(Water lily. Photo by Robin. 2007)
(A rather blurry purple bird. National Aviary. Photo by Robin. 2006)
(The Purple Quit Fairy. Photo by Robin. 2006)
The Purple Quit Fairy was given to me by a very dear friend when I quit smoking. Our smoking quits crossed paths many times and the Purple Quit Fairy kept us both on the right track when the cravings were calling for a detour.
(A blanket of purple on the Woodland Trail. Photo by Robin. 2007)
(A yellow moon in a purple sky. Photo by Robin. 2006)
(Wisteria. Photo by Robin. 2007)
Purple lovers are generally blessed by a true sense of values. Here genius is often found, but genius that never promotes itself. One of their greatest charms lies in the sublime quality of their minds: an abiding wisdom which they never attempt to force on others.
~ Faber Birren
*The front and sides are a respectable gray even though we don’t care about being respectable when it comes to house colors. It’s just that we didn’t think of the sunset colors until we were out in the paddle boat on the pond one evening at sunset, watching the glow of the setting sun in the windows of the house and one of us said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to paint the back of the house in the colors of the sky at sunset?” (I’m pretty certain that someone would have been me as I’m somewhat less respectable than my husband.) By that time we’d already painted the front and sides of the house (it was a major fixer-upper when we bought it) so, from street level, it all looks so “normal.” You have to step around to the back to see the true wonder of our imaginations. Quite frankly, the photo I posted doesn’t do it justice, but it’s close to being a good representation.
Wow! This is a fantastic post and I’m not just saying that because it’s the purple post. I loved the background you gave on all the different kinds of purples.
I thought it was really cool that part of my favorite photo of all time, yellow moon in a purple sky was on here. The flower under the royal purple description seemed almost like you could touch it, it was so vivid in the photo.
And the story! That your house looks all normal from the front, but anyone who steps around to the back sees this whimsical, colorful wholly different color scheme. That’s just really, really cool.
Phenomenal photos and prose. The loft of my cabin was painted purple. The walls/ceiling had a wonderful glow when the full moon shone through the window.
Thanks amuirin and stevo.
This was my favorite of the colors to research and to work on. I’ve been soaking in purple for days, looking for the right photos and trying to put this together.
It feels good to soak in purple. 🙂
The yellow moon in the purple sky is Beautiful!!! Amazing Robin. My purple starfish would add to your collection this week =).
Ohhhh, I love this. Really really love it. Purple is my favorite color and you really did it justice with this post. You blew my socks off! 🙂
And please add me to the plethora of folks who LOVE the back of your house!
purple pics are great
As a character who enjoys colour deficient vision, I completely ignored all of the colour stuff. I liked the pictures anyway.
The picture that I liked best on first viewing is the one with your house. I like the reflection. I seem to have a bit of a thing for reflections.
I like the picture of the socks in your icon better than the one in this post. I suspect that may have something to do with it being summer here right now.
I scrolled up and looked again. I think I now like the non-grapes best.
I loves purples. Thanks.
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I have a purplr sun tata that i got when i was 18. i alsways liked it and never really knew why. I googles purple sun tataoo and arrived to this website. To me this website is awsome and truly a blessing from god. Which makes ypu a blessing from god. I really learned alot and fell very inspired now that i read this stuff. Itr gave me an insite into who iam and why im like the way i am. Red hot and cool blue. lol
also i now see that we are rare people. Like the color purple. And my life is in dire need af healing..so this tat was like a forshadow then..and now i understand a can begin a path to bountiful healing…
i do believe purple is the color of prophecy also.
thank you a million thank yous,
You’re welcome, Rise. I’m glad you found something here while you were visiting. 🙂
Really nice post – thanx for sharing
Robin, re alignment reflected (and captured by you)in moonrise/sunset/house photo, you might enjoy the exposition here:
“Recent studies by the Solstice Project indicate that the major buildings of the ancient Chacoan culture of New Mexico contain solar and lunar cosmology in three separate articulations: their orientations, internal geometry, and geographic interrelationships were developed in relationship to the cycles of the sun and moon …”
is that bird like actually purple?? that is soo cool!!! i have been trying to find a purple bird but i never could so i decided to look it up to see if they existed.. i guess they do!! PURPLE BIRDS ROCK!!!!!
I just stumbled on these color categories. What a treat. The back of your house is fantastic, probably symbolic of so many things about those of you living there, love of color, nature and individuality. I gotta like you even more. 🙂
Thanks, Anhinga. 🙂
We’re just wild and crazy people. lol!
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