The Sum of All Colours

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”  Coco Chanel White is both the absence of any colour and the sum of all colours in concert. White, like the colour black, brings contrast to…

The Life Force – Red

“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other colour.”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Everything about red is passionate, strong and vital.  It is the colour of the spectrum that demands our full attention, knowing that we can feel the life force of red blood flowing through our…

Green – The Promise of New Life

“When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, and the dimpling stream runs laughing by; when the air does laugh with our merry wit, and the green hill laughs with the noise of it.” Lord Byron The primary colours of blue and yellow unite to create green. Green is the symbolic meaning for…

Reach for the Sky

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables We look to the soaring blue of the heavens to experience a moment of respite, even imagining that we have wings to dance with the…

Black – The Queen of Colours

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir Black is the colour of night, of ebony and outer space.  Its power to envelop our world gives it a secretive, mysterious and enigmatic appeal.  Technically speaking, however it is not considered a colour at all; rather, it is the…

Imperial Purple of Rome

There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money, luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures, ambition, a purple robe and applause.  Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.” Seneca Our ancestors shared our love for colour and would sacrifice great amounts of wealth to obtain the plants and substances that could…