A Red by Any Other Name

“Hey Mom, what’s your favourite colour?”

I heard this question often when my boys were young. I could never give them a definitive answer though. “It depends,” I would say. “The colours I like for my garden aren’t necessarily the same colours I like to wear, or the colours I like to decorate the house with.” Was I a bad Mom, because I wouldn’t play the what’s-your-favourite game?

Over the years I’ve thought more about this – I suspect one day I’ll have grandchildren who will no doubt ask, “What’s your favourite colour Grandma?” – and I want to have an answer for them. So I decided to abide by the old adage, ‘when in doubt, make a list’. I took inventory of the colours in my garden, the colours in my closet, and the colours in the house. I compared the 3 lists and noted they had but one colour in common – rich dark burgundy, so named for the red wines of Burgundy (region of France). I guess this must be my favourite colour!

Now apparently, one’s favourite colour says something about one’s disposition; for example, people who like blue are reputed to be reliable, responsible, honest and loyal. Those who favour green are supposedly generous, good listeners, and possess good judgement. But I could find no descriptions of people whose favourite colour is burgundy.

If you’ve read my posts on colour theory you know that burgundy is actually a very dark red, and according to colour psychology, people who like red are passionate, strong-willed, extroverted and confident. They are also controlling, quick-tempered, easily bored and impulsive. Honey, does this sound like me? Well, maybe when I was younger.

But my favourite colour isn’t red; it’s burgundy – not ordinary red, but very dark red. Perhaps I’m everything a red personality is – but darker?  Yikes, how sinister! Upon further research I eventually found a number of references describing the ‘burgundy personality’. Burgundy is, apparently, a well-disciplined red. A mature, sophisticated red. Like red wine, I guess we get better with age….

Beautiful, bodacious burgundy - my favourite colour. Photos: Sue Gaviller

Beautiful, bodacious burgundy – my favourite colour. Photos: Sue Gaviller

Today is Valentine’s Day, an appropriate day to talk about red – and a fine time to savour a glass of Burgundy with someone you love. So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and all things lovey-dovey, I leave you with this little piece of wisdom:

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other.....

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other…..

but in looking outward together in the same direction” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

…but in looking outward together in the same direction” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A really good smooch works too. Mourning Dove photos: Pat Gaviller

A really good smooch works too. Mourning Dove photos: Pat Gaviller

 
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Sue

 

4 comments on “A Red by Any Other Name

  1. Happy day after Valentine’s Day Sue! Your post was an enjoyable read this morning and color theory is such an interesting topic. I also love your photographs of the doves…so sweet!

    • Thanks Lee – glad you enjoyed the post. Colour theory is indeed interesting, but I have to say, after posting on nothing but the technicalities of colour for the better part of the last two years (culminating in a lengthy post on colour schemes earlier this month), it was nice to deal with it only peripherally, and lightheartedly, in yesterday’s post!

      As for the mourning doves, my sister took those shots – she does amazing wildlife photography, so when she showed me the photos the day before, I knew I had to work them into a Valentine’s Day post. They were pretty cute weren’t they?

      Thanks for reading,
      Sue

  2. Love the bird pictures!! Such a neat post! Though Red isn’t my favourite colour I get what you were saying!! Cool post!

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