Cycling home after a lovely afternoon spent with a friend on a terrace, I spotted an amazing sky!
However, sitting on my bike and holding a bottle of wine in one hand – no, I’m not an alcoholic drinking whilst cycling, I had just bought a bottle – I wasn’t really able to take a snap shot.
And okay, yes, I could have stopped.
But enjoying that sky, sun setting, the wind playing with my hair…
Not a fan of hassle, I simply couldn’t be bothered stopping.
I was enjoying the moment and still full of a lovely Saturday.
The moment, the feeling of contentment, mattered more than having it on film.
At home, browsing through my pictures, I remembered this one.
Same street, Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam, couple of months ago.
Another enchanting sky.
A bit more cloudy than tonight’s sky.
But, you’ll get the picture.
And I’m happy with my decision of just enjoying the moment.
This was September, my yellow month. And yellow was everywhere! Because I focused and because yellow catches attention.
My friend Annie can sport light yellow like no one does!
I won’t be moving into a yellow submarine just yet, but during this month my affection for this colour has grown. And although the light and pastel version of yellow still doesn’t really do it for me (but that is taste and the pastel yellow making me look like a sheet), I didn’t realise until now that yellow actually brightens up my mood. A lot!
Picture mixture: this whole month I’ve been collecting yellow inspiration.
The colour is summery and optimistic and is said to be good for inspiration and concentration – always handy. Maybe that’s why I feel like I need more yellow indoors. To be more precise, I feel as though it may pull me through the dark Winter months, may help me in finding a balance and so in dealing with depression. I wonder if that’s because it’s such a vibrant colour? Does it reflect more light?
If so, I might just paint one of my walls a bright egg yolk yellow to get me through another Autumn blues! Or I could just start with getting that bike, including balloon, and put that up my wall.
And when I’m all grown up I want a bathroom with a yellow floor. Or a minty-green bathroom with a yellow bath. Via Marie-Claire.
But then this bright yellow! And thanks for image used – found it in my inspiration folder!
Yellow asks for your attention. When code red or amber aren’t in order, yellow appears. From diversions due to road work to slippery-floor-cautioning, yellow is the alert-colour. When you see yellow, you know there is no need to stay low to the ground and pull back immediately. However, it does remind you to stay focused, otherwise you may slip or get lost.
The bright and energising colour that is yellow, catches our attention without us getting into a panic-attack. Because we’re used to connect yellow and focus-without-fear, due to our culture mostly. It almost takes us by the hand and leads us to where the traffic-light button is. Lets us know the road is closed. Don’t worry. Don’t panic.
[ The moment we’re looking at nature and the yellow gets combined with black (but not like this picture showing your way to the traffic-light button) the story changes. Bees, wasps, spiders, even snakes. It asks for your attention and tells you that you may consider staying well away ]
I’m surprised at the number of trees that already show signs of Autumn during September’s first weeks.
Yellow leaves rapidly appear.
Some trees wait a bit longer with their changing of hue. But overall it’s pretty clear; the next season is approaching. Yellow stands for change of season; yellow flowers announce spring, yellow leaves announce the opposite.
This month my focus lies with yellow. Yellow, the colour of… of what exactly? Did you know that in Victorian times yellow roses meant jealousy and infidelity? Giving your love-interest yellow roses wasn’t the wisest of ideas. These days however yellow roses stand for friendship and joy and showing you care. Still, gentlemen, sending the woman of your dreams a bunch of yellow roses – I’d rather not be on the receiving end.
On the other hand, when it comes to hearts, yellow hearts are my favourite. From cutting a heart out of yellow paper to the emoji-heart on my smartie phone, I find a yellow heart sparks even more than a heart covered in glitters. Yellow, gold…close to each other, don’t you think? In my opinion the yellow heart can represent the gold heart. Someone who has a heart of gold is said to be honest and caring. The yellow version of a heart stands for friendship, happiness, a person with a trustful heart.
The yellow heart being my favourite heart, but you may keep the yellow roses yourself.
Starting something and then sticking to it, is not my strongest point. Diaries, sketching practise, cleaning; for a little while I’m all-systems-go! Then, after a week (and sometimes a half more) I get distracted by something else that needs my full commitment.
The idea of focussing on something, from beginning to end, gets my standing ovation. The continuation however… Still, I really would love to prove to myself that I can! Which is why, for a couple of years now, the idea of a focus challenge has been in the back of my mind. I never did though. Until now. Because now I have my readers (hi mum & dad!) whom I cannot let down if I promise to go for it.
During a short course Styling Basics at the Artemis Academy, we had to focus on a colour in the streets for a whole week; what colour did catch our attention in the streets? Orange and fuchsia drew mine. Before you know it, it seems as though every car is orange and all bikes and curtains fuchsia! An amazing little trick of your brain. Try not to think of an elephant. This project was such fun, that ever since I look around and up even more! And I discover things that are worth googling. Or not. Only recently I discovered this funny little creation on a house on the corner of my street:
[ Adorable, not?
A teapot on the wall.
It probably has been there even long before I moved here.
But I never noticed. ]
Now then. My challenge is going to be monthly, as you may have guessed already after reding the title. The longer I have to focus on something, the more difficult it gets so giving myself only a week would in itself be cheating. So it’s going to be a whole month. The things I want to focus on are of such a variety, there is no connection. I will not be spamming you until you’re dying with boredom, I simply will sometimes post pictures or write down some figments on the theme. In September my focus challenge will be about yellow. It’s a colour I love but somehow underestimate, so I’m going give it my full attention. But in October I might as well focus on toes or money or, well who knows…