the place of my joy.
There will be stairs leading up, wide marble stairs,
and there will be a room,
vast and vaulted and inspiring,
and there will be music, one hundred strings under the baton
of Carmen Dragon,
and there will be dancers, one hundred blondes
gowned by Jean Louis,
whooshing between pillars in pastel chiffon."
. . .
"Yes. This is the place where the colors are made.
This is the place of joy."
--Excerpts from the poem "The Place Where The Colors Are Made" Found in: The Very Stuff: Poems on Color, Thread and the Habits of Women by: Stephen Beal
For as long as I can remember I have been attracted to color. I enjoy a variety of colors together, patterned or chaotic. But my favorite is color that is organized, such as various hues separated by color like a box of Good & Plenty candies. I love my black pile, the white pile, and of course, the pink pile. When I was young, my mom owned a candy store. On the weekends I would work at the shop with her. You would think that I would never want to leave that store, but often I would take a break and go over to the boutique office supply store in our same shopping center. That was heaven! I would stand there for the longest time in front of the rack of markers all neatly divided by color.
I would have to say the next best thing to colors divided by hue, would be hue divided by values. A smooth gradation from the darkest to lightest just lifts my spirits. Not in the excited way of the clusters of color described above, but in a serene, melodious way, like the way the bright yellow of a full-moon gradually fades to black in the night sky.
My new works allow me to embrace all of the ways I enjoy color. I have wound all of my embroidery flosses around clothes pins for storage and easy usage. Just one color to a pin. They are tossed all together in a box, like a bag of jelly beans, but when I work with them -- that's when I select the few I want and line them up like little soldiers. I clip them all to my project tote in order by color, then by value. Now I am armed and inspired to make my mark in color.
How does color inspire you? Leave a comment to tell me your favorite way of working with color.