original bird painting

This handsome guy filled to the brim with colorful personality is an original 6″x6″ oil painting on ⅛” gesso panel and is available, unframed, for $100 in my Etsy shop here.

According to Kate Smith at Sensational Color, here are some interesting facts about the color purple, which I am elbow deep in exploring right now…

  • Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856.
  • Purple represents the planet Jupiter.
  • February is the month associated with the color purple and the birthstone for those born is February is amethyst.
  • Purple Stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Sugilite, Lavender Jade, Sugilite, Selenite, Iolite, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite
  • The Byzantine emperor signed edicts in purple ink.
  • Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.
  • In 1999, formal Moral Majority spokesman Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children’s showTeletubbies. He believed that its character “Tinky-Winky” was gay, stating that he was purple – the color of gay pride – and that his antennae was a triangle – the symbol of gay pride.
  • The poem “Warning” by English poet Jenny Joseph begins with the line “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…” The poem and its famous purple line has become a tongue-in-cheek reference to a woman’s struggle with aging.
  • Purple is the color of Madison Square Garden and seating for VIP’s was once covered in purple.
  • Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip = $5,000
  • During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.
  • In stained glass, the color purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.
  • The “Purple Orchid Three” is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds taken into space in 2005 on China’s “Shenzhou VI” rocket.

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