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Colour meme -- white

April 29th, 2011 (10:56 pm)

The object of this meme is to post ten pictures of things you like that feature a colour given to you by a friend. Luckily for me, they don't have to be your own photos!

I was a bit taken aback when curiouswombat gave me white but, once I'd got warmed up,

My mother and father both went to art school in the 1940s, and this is the sort of art they were inspired by, so it's the sort of art I grew up with:

The Vale of the White Horse by Eric Ravilious

I love Ravilious's pictures, so I couldn't resist posting an extra one:

Chalk Paths by Eric Ravilious

As a teenager, I thought that this was the coolest car ever created, because I had a huge crush on someone who had a white one:

Mazda RX3 c.1975

It doesn't seem quite so sleek now!

At school, I realised that History was my subject. Here's one of my favourite historical figures, wily Cardinal Richelieu, in white marble:

Cardinal Richelieu by Bernini

I spent seven happy years at King's College, Cambridge, so here's King's Chapel in the snow:

King's College in the snow, photographed by quinara

Of all the characters I write, Eowyn is probably the one I love best, mainly (I think) because she took me by surprise. I wanted to write Legolas, but -- because I wanted to give him a happy relationship with a female canon character -- I was more or less forced to write Eowyn. She, however, soon became the deeper, more rounded character, and she's the character I most identify with (LOL). The proof of our special relationship is that, whereas I can generally grit my teeth and read other people's Legolases (Legolais?), I find it almost impossible to read anybody else's Eowyn.

The White Lady of Rohan

Anyone who writes Lord of the Rings stories faces the Elvish problem! Of all the words I've had to invent, one of my favourites is êgvor, which means 'darkthorn'. I had in mind a sort of hawthorn, with thorny black twigs and dark leaves, and pale pink blossoms. But here's some lovely white hawthorn:

For some reason, I've always found the idea of a Frost Fair (held on a frozen lake or river) especially magical, and a few Christmases ago I wrote a short story set in one. The result was a bit patchy -- I'm not really happy with the Legolas/Eowyn part of it -- so I may go back one day and revise it.

Speaking of ice... As you may know, I'm a big Vancouver Canucks fan. At the moment, their home jersey is blue and green, but the first time I went to Vancouver and bought a jersey to wear at the games, their home jersey was white. This is the version I have, modelled by the much-loved Trevor Linden (now retired):

I can just about accept the fact that LJ queries British English spellings, but querying 'Canucks'?

Somewhere I've been lucky enough to visit regularly, because my brother has an apartment there, is Krakow. This is the famous Cloth Hall, looking particularly white in the rain, photographed by my brother, who is very arty:

My bother often sends me pictures he thinks might inspire stories. Here's a stunning one, which happens to have a white sky (ahem). The seven mounted figures represent the Magyar chieftains who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin... Who could fail to be inspired by that?

Heroes' Square photographed by PJC

Aren't they wonderful?

Finally, my second extra picture, and the only one actually taken by me, is an ultra-sexy U2 spy plane (of Francis Gary Powers fame) photographed against the curved white ceiling of the American Air Museum at Duxford.

If you'd like to play as well, just comment and I'll give you a colour :-)


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: April 29th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Éowyn portrait

I love the second Ravilious' picture - and all the others, too. See - I was right that white was a good colour for you!!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)

I love that, too! It's amazing what springs to mind when you give a colour some thought!

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)

Yes please I'd like to play (will have to be later today as I'm off shopping in a moment). I love the arty sketches. My parents both went to art school so I know what you mean about growing up with arty stuff.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)

Hmmm. Well, I'm not sure if you're going to like this, but... When I think of you, I think of that gorgeous pink top you have with the dangling ribbons, so: pink!

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)

I don't want to play, just wanted to say lovely pics.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)

Thank you!

(Pity, because that purple-blue in your icon would be perfect for you!)

Posted by: brutti_ma_buoni (brutti_ma_buoni)
Posted at: April 30th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)

Great choices! I especially love the frost fair - things like that fascinate me, along with people being seriously snowed in, that skating race in Holland when it's very cold, and the words 'a frozen sea' which shapinglight once used to make a great story. Shivery winter.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: May 1st, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

along with people being seriously snowed in

I wonder why that scenario is so romantic? I've often considered using it myself...

Posted by: Quinara (quinara)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)

I have to confess I didn't really follow this meme with anyone, so only just saw this now (having extremely vainly searched for myself on LJ, sigh) - lovely collection of pics, though!

What I really didn't know is that you were at King's for seven years! How exciting! I find myself really wanting to ask whether you ever bumped into Simon or Robin the classicists, who I think would have been in the year above you, but must have been grads at the same time. (Not that I would ever seek out gossip on my superiors, no no no.)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)

searched for myself on LJ


I knew two classicists, but they were both women and in the same year as me, though 'Robin' is quite an uncommon name and seems to ring a faint bell...

I'm not sure what I did for 7 years. I tended to follow my own interests and no one ever bothered to reign me in. I spent a lot of time working on Alexander Pope's poetry, for example, which had nothing to do with what I was supposed to be studying, and I was too lazy to write up the blinding insight it gave me into C18th thought, LOL. Funding was relatively easy to get in those days, so I suppose we squandered it.

I did love being there, though. I practically lived in the UL... There was no www then, of course.

(I've just realised, btw, that what I'd been thinking were little red boots -- on your icon -- are in fact tea cups!)

Posted by: Quinara (quinara)
Posted at: May 9th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)

Robin may or may not have already acquired the habit of wearing green and red shoes at that time, but that probably stood out less than it does now!

It doesn't sound like you squandered it! What's the point of learning stuff if you can't learn more random stuff along the way? I think I'll be very sad if I come out of my PhD with just the stuff that's ended up in my thesis...

Alas, the WWW has done little to reduce the amount of time living in the UL (though the Classics fac is my drug of choice - they give us 24/7 hr access, which would probably be scary if I weren't so generally lazy (which leaves me thinking it's just generally useful for weekends before deadlines).

And, yes, tea cups! For parties! With Whytech computer funtimes!

Posted by: Mlle de Fer (mlledefer)
Posted at: May 13th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Tea lovely cup

Wow, that's beautiful! And white Richelieu is impressive, he is one of my favourite politicians:)
Lotr pictures are always good to see and thanks for sharing Ravilious!

I wonder what color would you give me?..:)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: May 13th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

How about deep, dark red?

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