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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Purple

How did the WordPress people know my favorite color is purple? OK, technically it’s not purple but lilac, or lavender. And pink. And blue. Many shades of blue.

But I’ve found out over the years that most Americans are not very discriminative when it comes to colors. Growing up in the land of Renoir and Monet, I learned early on the colors of my paint tubes in the school’s art class: ochre, vermillion, fuchsia, azure, café au lait… And “bordeaux” for maroon, because “marron” means chestnut in French, since chestnuts are indeed brown. And that was just one hour of art class every week. But let me get back on track before I start ranting about the disappearance of art from our school system, or our kids’ preference for video games over art history.

I love purple and its various shades. It’s a bold, proud color that screams, look at me! And I love taking pictures of purple things because they stand out so much from their background.

Take a look at the photos below and tell me what you think. I’d also love to hear what your favorite color is and why.

Here’s a photo of my favorite tree in San Diego, called the jaracanda. It only blooms for a couple of months a year (May and June) and it’s a delight to see the purple bursts throughout the landscape. I still have to find a tree with a nice setting around it to take a great picture, but I wanted to share this sight because it’s quite a treat.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Purple - Jacaranda tree in San Diego

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Purple – Jacaranda tree in San Diego

Here’s a photo of a local lilac tree called the Ramona lilac. Unfortunately it doesn’t smell anything like the common lilac but it still features beautiful blooms in the spring.

Purple lilac - Ramona lilac photo in San Diego

Purple lilac – Ramona lilac photo in San Diego

During our vacation in Idyllwild, I spotted a few wildflowers and these really stood out. I have no idea what they are called (if you know, please share), but I love their shape and color.

California purple wildflowers photo

California purple wildflowers photo

Finally, I know I used this photo of a lupine in a previous WordPress weekly photo challenge, but it’s very purple and fits right into this post too.

Photo of purple lupine in San Diego

Photo of purple lupine in San Diego

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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Create

Although imagination and creativity are a little different (since imagination doesn’t always lead to creation), I really like this quote from Albert Einstein:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Young children have so much imagination and creativity inside them. That’s until the school system and many grown-ups manage to suppress both as the kids grow up. So I try very hard not to do that at home. I let my kids access most of the art & craft supplies on their own, and my dining room table features a container of colored pencils as a permanent decoration. My kids draw every day and I often draw with them, especially since it’s the only time of the day I have time to practice my drawing skills.

Here are some of the latest creations at our house…

My four-year old is now starting to draw recognizable shapes. Most of them happen to be vampire robots covered with blood, so I’ll spare you the gory drawings. We’ve been watching Alvin & The Chimpmunks – Chippedwrecked a little too much recently (it’s actually a pretty funny movie), so my son decided to draw his own island, palm tree included, surrounded by the ocean and some big waves, and mountains in the background. I can see all that and you probably will too, after looking at it for a little while.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Create

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Create

Continuing with the ocean theme, he painted this underwater scene at school last week. His teacher is very creative and I’m jealous she gets to do stuff like this every day.

Wordpress photo challenge: create - painting of an underwater scene

Believe it or not, there’s more to go with this ocean theme. A couple of months ago, my five-year old decided to create a game consisting of “finding the hidden… in the picture”. Even though the creatures are not hiding very well, I still give him kudos for his creativity and his artistic talent.

Wordpress photo challenge: create your own scene with hidden creatures

My five-year old is also very fond of superheroes and practices drawing them all the time. Sometimes, he decides to extrapolate by creating and drawing new superheroes. Here’s actually what he would look like if he got to create his own superhero costume. I love the head gear…

Wordpress photo challenge: create a superhero

WordPress photo challenge: create a superhero

As for me, I managed to find more time to take pictures than to draw and it happens to be my only creative opportunity for now. Sometimes the photos come out great, and sometimes they don’t. I tried my best for the photo below but the light was just in the wrong place, at the wrong angle, and only a few pictures of the jacaranda turned out OK. We’re lucky to have many jacaranda treesin the San Diego area, which display their beautiful purple blooms in May and June. After taking many close-up photos of the blooms, I’ve come to the conclusion the tree looks much more beautiful when pictured as a whole. I’m running out of time to take more pictures this year so I’ll have to fine some good looking trees next year. But a not-so-good photo can still turn into a pretty sight if you use creativity and the magic of Photoshop. Here’s my average jacaranda photo as a bright and colorful painting. What do you think? 

Artistic photo of a jaracanda tree

Artistic photo of a jaracanda tree