pink or purple?

Thinking about Amanda’s question (SomethingToPonderAbout) about whether I am a Pink or Purple kind of gal. Without thinking, I would have blurted that my favourite colour is Purple, of course. But upon some consideration, I would have to say I am very drawn to hues of vibrant pink as well.

Just like this morning when I simply had to double back during my run, to visit a while with this little collection of lovelies. But is it because they are pink? or purple?

Older Daughter and I have the most delicious arguments about Green & Blue: cars, buildings, dresses, packaging. When she names one, I will see the other. This phenomenon is in part explained by how our eyes & brains perceive & interpret colour, in part affected by our experience with colour through language & learning about our world of colour.

Which leads me to yet another diversion for this morning. Younger Daughter and I are reading together one of my favourite non-fiction books by Victoria Finlay, Color: a Natural History of the Palette, where the author brings us around the world in search of the origin stories of paint pigments. It is in part a travelogue, in part an eye-opening encounter with the paints of the Old Masters.

Thank you for indulging this digression. So, back to Amanda’s question: Pink? or Purple?

Amanda at SomethingToPonderAbout hosts Friendly Friday Photo Challenge with Sandy at TheSandyChronicles.

14 Replies to “pink or purple?”

  1. Purple in Ancient rome was such a valuable colour only the nobility wore it. I wonder when Pink made its appearance?
    Thanks for posting your flowers from your walk – I thhink they are pink but the smaller ones in the background look purple. I like the shape of the flowers best – in fact I am using them as inspiration to draw some simple forms today. Thanks Ju-Lyn!


    1. Apparently, brazilwood was most commonly used between 12th-15th centuries for pink pigments, as opposed to more expensive insect-based pigments. But as it wasn’t very permanent, it was replaced by madder in the 16th century.

      I am soooooo glad you enjoyed the flowers, Amanda. I was actually wondering if you might know what kind of flowers they are – you managed to identify some flowers for me previously, so you were the first person I thought of.

      Hope the sketching went well!

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      1. The sketching went well and I hope to blog about it one day – maybe on the Home by the Sea blog?
        Interesting how they got the colour purple. I was thinking they might have just mixed red and blue pigments.
        I am afraid I don’t know what those flowers are, Ju-Lyn. If they aren’t present in Australia, I probably wouldn’t have come across them. They look like some bulb – but could be a herbaceous plant too. Can you email the gardens? They might have a herbarium who could identify them from a photo?


        1. Glad to hear the sketching went well – look forward to viewing them on a post soon.

          It is interesting how early pigments were just derived from nature – it is so exciting (and just a little bit stomach turning for some derivations!)

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  2. Found your post interesting especially the bit about you and Older Daughter arguing about colours. My lovely friend and I often have these arguments and I’ve secretly worried that my sight was failing! Having clicked on to the link ” how our eyes and brains perceive and interpret colour” I’m somewhat assured.


    1. I think we use “age” as a go-to explanation way too easily. Did I ever tell you about the time (last month, I think) when I thought my arthritis was really bumming up the pinkie on my right hand? Turns out it was just subluxed (Older Daughter took one look and just popped it back in). Sigh.


  3. I’m not sure what I would call those flowers, because they seem to be a beautiful combination of both pink and purple, existing somewhere on the border of the two. Personally, that’s the kind of color I like best in flowers: when it is so vibrant and yet difficult to name exactly what color it is!


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