Santa brought me a tin of new paints for Christmas, and I’ve been excited to pop them open. Like a kid in a candy store, I want them all: they greet me, so many beautiful confections, plump before me-- little comfits, bonbons, taffies, caramels and gumdrops, just there for the plucking… BUT I told myself that first, I will make those color charts:
Actually, I cannot tell a lie:
I love making color charts. There’s something very zen about the experience of laying down one hue, and mixing it with bounteous other colors, coming up with an infinite variety of shades.
They’re rife with possibility sitting patiently in this palette; soon, they’ll become rich, luminous shades on smooth, white paper.
Will we want to make some lemony-orange citrus tones, Madame? Or shall we go for some deep, rich, sugar plum colors? Red-hot-steamy-cinammon shades? Or shall we swoon over minty greens in all their glory?
Ah, you say you want to concentrate on muted, lush, grayed-down tones? No problem. We’ve got that covered, too.
“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.” (-Paul Klee.)
Let the fun begin!