Half of the month is over....half to go. We have five particpants in this challenge so far. Visit them to get motivated and then get your own words illustrated with color. Need a phrase? Write me. Keep your paints out...we have one more challenge using pure colors and blends coming up next month.
Thanks to all who came to play last month! What fun to see your mixes and names. Loved all the unique interpretations. Loved seeing how you think when it comes to picking titles. I had a different challenge planned for this month but did a quick revision so we could continue where we left off - so if you didn't clean up you are all set!
Last month when I was visiting crusader Viki, I noticed she named a color "Squee". Do you love that? It got me thinking about what would happen if we selected a word or phrase FIRST, then had to determine what that would look like as a color. Reverse of what we just did. Cool, right?
Here's the thing - I see color when I hear music. I associate certain songs with one or more colors. Sometimes I can picture a whole piece of art. And it works in reverse too - I see art and hear music. It's harder to do with my own art since I usually connect the art to the studio music played during its creation. But for other artist's work I take it in and music starts to play. I have a running soundtrack as I thumb through a book or pace around a gallery. So I love the idea of selecting a word or phrase, then pass through my personal filters to figure out what color I would assign to it.
My Mom's bridesmaids wore periwinkle so that wasn't much of a stretch to mix a color to match. But it took me a long time to decide what Vertigo might look like. I was leaning toward a blue-ish color because I was thinking about balance, but I just can't do blue, so I went with green. Ha! Just noticed....Vertigo - Vert (French for green). Was it subliminal? Possibly. Oooh! "subliminal", what color would that be?
It may be hard to choose a word or phrase since you are already in color-naming mode. Titles are probably still swirling in your mind from the last challenge, or more names occured to you after visiting other crusaders. If you prefer an assignment write to me and I'll give you a phrase to illustrate with color. Try getting abstract by claiming a phrase that isn't typically associated with a color. Like it would be a cop-out to to choose the song title Sunday Bloody Sunday or Purple Rain. It would be more interesting and challenging to focus on something like Living on a Prayer, or Solitary Man, or Don't Fear the Reaper.
Are you following me? Are you already thinking about what you'll do? I hope so. I think it will be fun to repeat last month's challenge, but in reverse. Thanks Viki for the inspiration!! Her "Squee" was a citrus-y green. What color do you think "Squee" should be?
About fifteen years ago I entered a contest by Crayola to name new crayon colors. You had to buy a box of nameless crayons and present your clever choices with a reason for the selection. The winners got their name printed on the crayon wrapper for a whole year. Imagine that? One favorite was by a ten year old boy: Purple Mountain Majesty. HCIT? I didn't remember that until this afternoon when I was composing this post. In your imagination what color combinations equate to Twilight's Last Gleaming, or Sea to Shining Sea?
Feel free to illustrate your word or phrase with one or more colors. Do whatever feels right to make your visual statement. Do more than one. Just do it. It's a fun exercise!