When Colors Speak

Updated: Sep 1, 2019


While walking through a Barnes & Noble, I came across a book that spoke to me, actually quite loudly. As I flipped through the book, my soul whispered, "These are my colors, the colors of our soul." I headed straight to the counter with my arms wrapped tightly around this book, and have to date logged countless hours just gazing at the beautiful photographs of Tricia Guild's country cottage in Tuscany. That was one of the first times I realized that colors speak.

When I designed and built my home, I chose sea colors that drift through the entire house, guiding you from a crisp blue, to aqua, to lime green. The relaxing colors have earned many compliments over the years. But for some reason, I painted the living room off white and I hated it. My soul hated it. I sat watching tv at night with my arms crossed over my chest. Three years later the day came that I called one of the painters and ask her to come. I went to Home Depot, looked at paint charts, picked one without any fuss or indecision (it was Behr Asparagus), and when she worked her magic we were all amazed. The white trim popped and the dark furniture popped. It was spring in that room and has been everyday since. Even if there is snow outside, it's spring inside. I have never for one single moment felt uncomfortable in this room again.

Some time later, my dear friend Ann Osborne gave me a copy of an incredible book that she loves. Ann is passionate about color, and rightly so. She has been painting nurseries and murals all her life and has been so much in demand she has been flown across the country to paint. I've never been to lunch with her that someone didn't come up and say, "Aren't you Ann Osborne? You painted my daughter's nursery ___ years ago!" Paint and color are truly the language Ann's soul speaks. She thinks nothing of repainting her lovely home inside room by room and is constantly moving furniture around. Every time I visit, her home has a new look! It's wonderful!

The adorable book Ann shared is Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill. This is a wonderful book for any artist, anyone who enjoys the wonder of color, and especially for children or grandchildren who are just learning about color. This book has been reprinted numerous times since 1961 and has been used in classrooms around the world, including many schools for the blind. It is a joy ...


Take a moment and

imagine what our world

be like without color?


I love what the opening of the book says about what colors mean to us beyond the perceived...


Like acrobats on a high trapeze

The Colors pose and bend their knees

Twist and turn and leap and blend

Into shapes and feelings without end ...



I want to share with you a chapter from the book, my favorite color ... green.

Relax and just get lost in this incredible color ...

What would we do without green? Would we have blue grass and a green sky? Or maybe we would have grass the color of pink flamingos and the sky would be yellow and the sun purple. I kind of think it's all perfect just the way God made it. What do you think?

What is your favorite color?

How do colors speak you?

Enjoy,

jan


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