A Word a Week: Violet

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Violet – I wouldn’t have thought it would be so difficult. By far, this is the most I’ve struggled coming up with photos to suit the theme. My first problem was what colour is violet? I went to several colour charts on the internet to find it ranged from what I would call red  to what I would call blue. Wikipedia gives the definition as ” Violet is a bright bluish purple color that takes its name from the violet flower.[2] On the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and purple. Violet is at the higher end of the visible spectrum, with a wavelength between approximately 380-450 nanometers.[3] Light with a shorter wavelength than violet but longer than X-rays and gamma rays is called ultraviolet, and is not visible to the human eye.”

So then I researched what the colour violet means and found that in the United States and Europe it is associated with the individualist, ambiguity, the unconventional , the artificial and extravagance. I decided to show extravagance. One site said that the interior of ring boxes were violet due to the extravagance link. Mine are all blue or red. I knew I had some photos of me in violet but they’ve got lost in the archives but some friends were found.

Of course Bishops and higher wear violet in the Roman Catholic Church and in Asia it is a popular colour of dress and used in painting, initially the dye being obtained from a plant root.

In the search for the photo I came across scenes that to me had a violet  tinge, shutters that are possibly violet, some church hangings most definitely violet and a bush with violet flowers, some clothing and a dancer’s skirt. I’ve given you the lot and you can decide if you think they are violet or not.  I simply don’t know.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to A Word a Week: Violet

  1. garden98110 says:

    Your writing is unfolding, the words more parallel to your writer’s voice. This is a more pleasant read. Do you think? Large trees from little acorns grow. Exercise of the imagination opens the doors to that not previously imaginable. Congratulations on your graduate studies appointment. — The Healing Garden gardener


    • Thank you. I certainly believe that the more you do something (practice) the more refined it becomes and you are certainly right about imagination. I have a strong belief that television kills the imagination as you see what it is rather than imagine what it is, which is the reason I think I read more than watch TV.
      Thank you for your congratulations – I was scratching my head as to how you knew and then remembered I had written it in my seven things. Cheers Irene


  2. Great post. Violet/purple is my favourite colour and I think that yes I am and individualist and unconventional but hopefully not artificial or extravagant. Great photos too. 😀


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