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Monday, March 9, 2009

My favorite color always ends in -ish

Fellow artist Barbara Gillette and I were relieved the other day to find out that neither of us prefers to use commercial names for colors. She has her pastels divided into two piles: one warm and the other cool. It is remarkable how often observers of painting demonstrations are concerned about which exact color the artist is using. Observers can then be seen busily recording this information in their notebooks. What a sticky wick. Naming and categorizing is a function of the L-brain, that part of the brain that cautions us against using our intuitive brain. I believe that the more time we spend in the L-brain, the more we debilitate the creative decisions that we alone can make. As for me, my favorite colors have names like bluish-brownish-pinkish. And I am rarely on time.