Norfolk countryside and the colours of 2012

August 19, 2012

This year’s barley straw is a rich yellow ochre. The wet Summer has had something to do with this. Perhaps the sugar levels are different to normal due to the lush growth. Indeed, the summer of 2012 has been memorable for rich natural colours throughout; the grass and hedgerows have maintained that emerald spring freshness and the electric intensity of blue corn flowers seem to have exceeded the usual soft English palate. All of this before accounting for the joyful man made colour of the Jubilee and Olympic parties which have dominated June and July.

In my mind David Hockney was the catalyst for all of this. His exhibition in London in the spring seemingly saying that there should be a celebration of colour at this time. The message being to open one’s eyes and this prophecy is one that has come true.


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