Color Week three – 52 weeks of color exploration

On my paint palette I like the colour lavender from Daniel Smith for sky tones, it is especially nice with the cloudy greys of the Pacific Northwest. A little lavender also tones down many floral colors by adding a dusty value.

Lavender the word is generally believed to be derived from old French and Latin lavandre / lavare ‘to wash’ referring to the use of infusions for washing. However the name may actually be derived from Latin livere which means ‘bluish’ .

There is also the symbolism of lavender flowers. Lavender is used to symbolize the purity of Virgin Mary, in the European middle ages lavender was used to express love and in Victorian times purple hued blooms signified devotion. Oscar Wilde was famous for wearing lavender pants as a part of his iconic style.

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