September theme colour - Purple

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purple September over in my Creativity Circle, has been a 'purple' kinda month.  We've shared purple exterior front doors, artwork, flowers, sketches, abstract images from everyday items like a purple water bottle or piece of glass, video footage of a chamelon changing colour, a favourite piece of china, a bird (yes, photoshopped but oh so beautiful), a cat and lots of other goodies...

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'...a symphony of song and colour....'

Isaiah 35:2 Msg.

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I love the above words quoted from Isaiah and believe that colour (and song) can be just like a symphony, straight to the heart.

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We know that colour changes our emotions and stirs up or calms down our energy levels.  It helps us communicate ie. traffic lights - red/green.  Colour can affect our appetite - did you know orange makes you feel more hungry - hello Sainsbury's?  Pharmaceutical companies are even on the band wagon with colour.  Our sense of smell is also affected by colour, as well as our blood pressure!

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However, how often do we ever really look and appreciate the array of colour that surround us?  You'll be surprised how much of it we take for granted.

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It's strange to think that once upon a time our ancestors would never have seen the colour purple and that now it features in many places, thank goodness.

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Above, I created a watercolour sketch of a thistle I found on a walk - it doesn't have to be an exact rendition, put your heart into it...

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This month I created a double page of 'purple' based upon things I'd found here and there like ribbon, a colour swatch, pens/paint/crayon, a 'purple' quote, magazine images and foliage collected on a walk etc.  This idea was suggested by a member of the group and really, it's been so much fun...  Why not give it a go yourself and perhaps join our Group to 'play' along if you'd like company?

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I hadn't read or heard the quote from Rudyard Kipling before but knew I must make a note of it and include it in my purple treasure trove.

He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

- Rudyard Kipling

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So, as you can see, it's really easy to incorporate an eagerness to appreciate colour in your everday.  Here are some ideas if you'd like to do the same:

- Pick a colour every month and really focus on it.

- Try to wear your chosen colour and see how it makes you feel.

- Include your chosen colour in a journal spread (like mine above), buy a cushion, pick a flower or pick up a paint swatch. 

- Knit, sew, paint, sketch or even cook ie. make purple icing.

- Explore your feelings in a poem regarding a particular colour.

- Create your own Pinterest board focusing on colour.

Take care.