Twilight Fell . . .

“Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This was a painting probably from 2007 maybe or even 2006.  I love the freedom and  the relaxed brushwork in the painting.  It was time for a throwback this week. 

The color purple has always been a favorite in my home... in various shades of violet to the deepest of eggplant.  Purple embodies the balance between the stimulation of warm red and cool blue.  This can cause unrest or uneasiness for some people because it is not easily defined as cool or hot. In history the mystic of the color has royal qualities and is often loved by creative people and by young girls. 

Here are some tidbits this morning:  Read more at Sensational Color.

  • In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband's death.
  • The purple in the US Military Purple Heart represents courage. 
  • A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as "THE PURPLE" ... a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.  
  • In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
  • Purple was the royal color of the Caesars. Julius and Augustus Caesar, both decreed that only the emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple was punishable by death! Laster years the works who made the Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Then magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons. 
  • In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience and trust.
  • Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.
  • In tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.
  • Purple is representative of 'pride' in Christianity.
  • In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.
  • Catholic Priests wear purple vestments before performing Reconciliation.
  • Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called Mauveine and was made out of coal tar.  1856
  • Purple represents Jupiter
  • Leonardo Da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of a stained glass. 

My Tidbit this morning: In Exodus you find the word purple in 26 different verses.  

"The sash was made of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn—the work of an embroiderer—as the LORD commanded Moses."  Exodus 39:29