This terracotta red barn door meets its complementary colour green as grass. The light brown wood looks natural and the green and red leaves are enhancing the red door and green grass. See that green leave? And the reddish rusty metal above the door? It is always charming when colours repeat themselves elsewhere in pictures in just a little bit different intensity. Like in music…you hear a melody repeating itself to allow us to recognize it and sing along. Or like in a poem with rhyme.
Notice how wonderful the purple is at the centre of this photo sending an ethereal message of hope to us. Of course the door isn’t purple (nobody would paint a garden door purple), but the grey takes that colour because of the light. All colours in this photo are soft, except from the deep bordeaux brown on the left side of the door. The soft skin colour of the tree and the soft moss green and vague blue in the back complement the purple door perfectly. Heaven surrounded by earth to me. To you too?
Why is this so pretty? Because of its soft colours and because nothing shines. It is a wonderful composition. The busy red is at the centre and the calm, pale colours at the edges. The chair is old, the flowers have only a short time to bloom. This is a modern Vanitas picture: Vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Latin Vanitas means “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life. This old chair with the flower bouquet show us we have to enjoy life because it is short. Beauty however is timeless.
P.S. I have no idea who took the three colourful photos because they were posted on Pinterest before the time Pinterest ensured all uploaded pictures kept their links to their original source. I regret not be able to give credit to the owners of these lovely photos. I hope one day they will add a comment to this post that links their work back to their website or blog.
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