I have just joined “The Writers Magazine” and received my first copy online. I came across this interesting article and while I am not one to just write-up a post straight off the cuff as I am doing now, nor am I one for on the spot quiz sessions, this was very interesting and reminded me of a topic that was part of a wonderful picture book course I completed last year “Just Write for Kids!” by Emma Walton Hamilton, (see my blogroll). It’s actually a writing exercise for 8 – 12 year olds about Colour (color -as spelt the American way).
Paul Klee, a famous artist explains that “Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” I agree Colours are amazing— they show our moods, feelings, memories; describe physical surfaces like mountain tops and swimming pools, old barns, summer mornings, and baseball fields before dark He invites us to… pick a colour. It might be your favorite colour, or it might be a colour you haven’t worn or given much thought to in a while, you could even make one up.
Then take a walk. Take your time to see and feel all the things that are this colour. Imagine your entire body as this colour—inside and out—acting like a magnet, drawing everything that is this same “shade frequency” to you.
Then he asks you to try to answer as many of the questions you wish below. ….
How does your color move?
In what season was it born?
What place(s) does it take you?
What time of day or night does it like?
What does your color wish for?
What is hidden behind it?
What sound isn’t your color?
What three other things aren’t your color?
What is it a box of?
What is it a song of?
What is it the shape of?
Who are its friends?
There were a couple of inspiring examples…… one being the colour Em-a-plo-va-zar, which the person made up and they explained how it was made up and what it meant to them, how it influenced them etc… Another was the colour blue which I instantly related to… Both provided a wonderful short play of creative writing and imagination.
So I wondered, why not have a go, … join me and post your answers or a paragraph answering as many of the questions listed as you wish below. I will be back to post mine later. Have fun!
Okay here is my colour that I have chosen:
Pink is my favourite colour, but Burgundy I love to wear and have around me. I can team it up with soft and pretty shades of pink, or cream, which pleases me. It is like a warm fireside in the evenings, soft music and candles, burning flame deep in colour, romance. It’s creamy, smooth, and moves like poured wine, rich and elegant. Born in the autumn, the colour of fallen leaves, with browns to reds, (remembering Sag Harbour on Long Island, New York ). One can also imagine a Paris evening or the French Rivera, a rainbow ringed in pink. Always it loves the evening, dress to-the-nines (as we say)in long evening wear, and possibly decorated with touches of gold, exquisite and elegant. What is hidden behind it – mystery, the unknown. It isn’t any loud noise, or music, nor is it cold like the ocean, or found in any green meadow. It is a box of extremely expensive creamy chocolates and sounds like the “Blue Danube” by the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the shape of a ripe plum or a smooth vintage red wine. It is a woman warm, caring, elegant, sophisticated, smart and in love.
Okay now! what’s Yours?