Friday, 10 February 2012

HELLO Doors of Perception

BTW, this has nothing to do with Huxley. Well, not quite nothing.

We wanted to get a new front door. At the moment we have a very weathered, brown, wooden door that leaks through when it rains heavy. 

We decided to get a white uPVC door to match the windows, but what about the style? Did we want glass in the panelling? Did we want floral or geometric inserts? Colour? House number? Spyhole? 

Hubby wanted glass in the top vertical panels and the top horizontal, with diamond patterns. I felt that was okay, but preferred a curved panel at the top with swirl designs. We reached a compromise: he got the lines and I got the curves.

It got me thinking about the psychology of doors. Is there really one? I don't think so, but there is psychology behind shape and colour. What choices did we have? Most doors are rectangular, and the uPVC ones are usually white, so that was out of our hands.  However, if we had gone for a wooden door, what would the colour choice have said about us?

BLUE  calm, peace.

BLACK  mystery, power.

BROWN solidity, security.

GREEN harmony, growth.

RED welcoming.

WHITE purity, serenity.

YELLOW mental clarity, humour.

CIRCULAR tenderness, love, support,  protection.

SQUARE/RECTANGLE/PYRAMID stability, strength, power.

VERTICAL masculine, strength, power.

HORIZONTAL feminine, tranquility, calm.

CURVES energy, youth, dynamic, movement.

Maybe, in choosing a white door, with vertical shapes and an arch, we were subconsciously creating a home  of strength, protection, and serenity.

Are doors important to us? Of course, they are an access point through which we cross over, from the security of our world -the home- to the outside world.. As the windows represent the soul, so the door represents the mouth, where energy enters the home-according to Feng Shui.

The door has been celebrated, over the years, in a variety of forms. Here are a few examples that come to mind.

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan.
I Hear you Knocking by Dave Edmunds.
Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich.
Green Door by Shakin Stevens.

Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Doors (biopic).
Monsters Inc.


Let's not forget the wonderful Mr Benn (love him). What adventures he had through the magic door in the back of the changing room.

And fiction:
Green Door by Me.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley.


Saturday, 4 February 2012

HELLO A Classics Challenge

The character I am focusing on for February's Prompt is Alice, from Through the Looking Glass.  This is how I picture her.

The actress is Tina Majorino who played Alice in the 1999 film of Alice in Wonderland. It was the 16th film version based on both books featuring Alice, written by Lewis Carroll. I recorded this version off the t.v and watched it endlessly with my daughter, when she was little. Tina is my favourite Alice because she shows us how vulnerable Alice is. I adore the scene at the end when she sings this song.

Alice is always described as precocious, because she is forward and inquisitive. Alice questions everyone and everything, and in this reverse world of chess, there are many puzzling things that need answering. Being imaginative leads her to be a lonely child who seeks comfort in her fantasy world. She shows considerable determination and fearlessness, as she stands her ground with the Red Queen, even appearing more intelligent than the adults, and other characters.

In, Through the Looking Glass, Alice is on a journey to become a queen-an adult. The symbolism that can be  interpreted from book is endless.

I like Alice. Her self doubt makes her relatable. I appreciate the fact that she challenges life. What is reality? And, she can make sense of her imagination.

This is what Alice would say if we met.

'You are a curious thing, aren't you? Your imagination is just as ridiculous as my own. I've often heard people talk about what utter nonsense it is-this world we live in-but isn't it such fun? We should swap mirrors sometime.'