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We have just heard a song by Don McLean called Vincent. It starts with the line Starry, Starry Night. This is a song about a very famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and one of his paintings called Starry Night.
Starry, Starry Night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincent’s eyes of China blue
Colours changing hue
Morning fields of amber grey ……
As you would expect in one of Van Gogh’s paintings the colours are vibrant and there is obviously lots of blue. Why do artists choose to paint in certain colours? They set the tone, the mood, add to the dramatic effect, a visual impact, they help convey the message. While I was thinking about this topic, I came across something Van Gogh said “I dream my painting, then I paint my dream.”
In painting Guernica, Picasso used predominantly black and grey. The pain, the suffering and the anguish are obvious and heightened by his choice of colours.
For many of us, grey is intrinsically unappealing, uninteresting and unexciting – a sort of Cinderella of the artist’s palette. It often serves as a metaphor for everything in life that is dull and boring. Battleships are grey, it is a serious colour. There is no grey in the rainbow.
Let’s think about the seasons ….
Winter – not much colour until the landscape awakens from its sleep and flowers start to appear – snowdrops, daffodils. Now in October, we see the emergence of all those warm autumnal colours.
Green is a colour we take for granted. It’s everywhere, it’s commonplace; the grass, weeds, leaves, it forms the backdrop for everyday life. The priest or vicar wears green at all the ordinary times of the year, he doesn’t wear them at Christmas or Easter for example. We live in a green and pleasant land and we should be thankful for that but why is it so green? Because we get plenty of rain and whenever I come back from holiday from somewhere hot and dry like the south of Spain, the first thing that strikes me is just how green our landscape is.
Fashion depends a lot on colour, what are this season’s colours? When you go shopping, one of your primary concerns is whether the colour of the clothes you intend to buy will suit you or match your hair. When your parents buy a new car, they choose the colour carefully.
I just want to mention rainbows because they are so colourful and when we see one we feel slightly excited, we want to see if there is a complete arc and we admire the natural beauty of it.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.
You might recognize that verse from The Wizard of Oz.
In a way we are all chasing a rainbow in life but if we really want the rainbow, we have to put up with the rain.
We live in a complex, often bewildering world but every day is full of colour, let’s thank God and appreciate it.
Let us stand for the Lord’s prayer, ….