Friday, December 11, 2009

The Yellow Wallpaper (actually, nice yellow) and my sunny yellow flower

I love this photo. It feels like the sun rises in my chest when I look at it, I love the cheery yellow hue. I took it in a sunny field in northern Arizona, in the Coconino National Forest. It's going up for auction in 140Hours, bidding starts at $5.

Final piece is a big 23 x 16" work of art on canvas.
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Yellow is one of my favorite colors. When I was a kid, the first time I was old enough to pick the colors of my bedroom, I chose yellow. My mom papered the room with a fuzzy yellow & white swirly wallpaper that I would trace with my fingers as I fell asleep, forming stories in my head about the shapes and patterns.

This was pretty wallpaper. It wasn't like the awful stuff in the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, that short tale by Charlotte Perkins Gilman about a woman's descent into madness whilst locked in a room lined with hideous yellow wallpaper. Here, the main character describes that yellow wallpaper:
The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
...I never saw a worse paper in my life.

One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.

It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.

The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight. It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.

No wonder the children hated it!

(read more: The Yellow Wallpaper)
No, my yellow wallpaper created a sunny haven in my room, and that is what I remember when I look at that sunny yellow flower of the fields of northern Arizona.

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carissajaded said...

That's a beautiful picture!!! And I didn't have yellow wallpaper but everything else in my room was yellow growing up...

On another note, I once had to perform "the yellow wallpaper" as a one woman show. Despite it being one of the most depressing stories of all time, it was so much fun ripping sheets of paper off of the wall!

Kier said...

I know that story... but, for a minute there, I thought it was by J Sheridan le Fanu (another excellent writer).

Why did I think that? Mostly because I read his story "Schalken the Painter" back to back with "The Yellow Wallpaper"... because that's how they appeared in one of the best horror short story collections I've ever had my hands on: The Dark Descent. (Highly recommended for those with a love of the scary and disturbing.)

Can't say I'm a huge fan of yellow. I will say that it's much better than orange, though. In most cases, at least. The picture, however, is absolutely beautiful. :)

Surfie said...

I remember seeing a movie based on that story back when I was a kid. It came on ETV I'm pretty sure, and I believe it was a BBC production. I love your photo!

geekhiker said...

Nice picture. Love the shallow depth of field and low light!

Soda and Candy said...

Color can have such a huge effect on the psyche, I know I will be happier when we repaint our hideous primary-color-blue bedroom.

Soda and Candy said...

Oh yeah and beautiful photo! Perhaps I thought that went without saying?

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