Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Playing with Color

Yep, you guessed it. Mindy's getting the urge to paint again. And though I don't know when I'll actually paint, I've been gathering color swatches, laying them out all over my living room floor, trying to find the exact colors I'm looking for. See, I want to redo the whole downstairs. And while I don't want it all the same color, I want the colors to flow. Yes, somebody has been watching too much HGTV.

Still, it's been a fun exercise. I know I want to keep the color that is in my den. I love it. It works great with the furniture. It's a neutral shade that looks green to all who enter the room. However, it's not a true green. There's more gray than yellow in it. That means that the other colors can't have so much yellow (even though one of the shades is gold) that it overpowers the gray.

Last night, as I was driving home from the store with--you guessed it--more paint chips, God decided to give me a little lesson in color. He painted the sky with the most beautiful array of white, gray, blue, yellow, and gold. The colors flowed seamlessly and were definitely a sight to behold. Though I don't think the other drivers were too thrilled to see some chick trying to take a picture while driving. Don't worry, I stayed in my own lane and didn't cause any wrecks.

This little exercise with color has been a great creative outlet for me. And, other than hitting all the hardware and paint stores, fairly effortless. I've learned what works and what doesn't. What tones and shades I need to stay away from. Now my palette is coming together nicely with some key players as well as those special teams that will add just the right pop of color.

Yes, my eye has been trained. Though, sometimes, I have to go with my gut. Which isn't so different from writing. Over the years, as I've learned in workshops and studied other people's works, I've seen what works and what doesn't. And, sometimes, I have to go with my gut. But in order to do that, I first had to learn the rules. Like that wall color in my den, they gave me that foundation to start building. Oh, sometimes I get lazy and slap something beige on the page. It doesn't last for long, though, because my gut knows it isn't right. So I have to dig deeper and explore all the colors of the situation and the characters until I find just the right one.

Do you have a favorite creative outlet that plays into your writing? I'd love to hear about it.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Good luck with the painting Mindi! After remodeling my home I am in retirement for the next few years :) Then it's on to the basement :)

  2. Didn't you just paint? A few years ago? Guess it's time to repaint. After about 10 years, the wallpaper has come off our wall and my husband is starting to think about paint colors. We're slow, I suppose. Creative outlet? I love listening to music. I love doing a lot of things, I just don't have the time to do them. Listening to music is something i can do in my car, anywhere. Good luck with the painting!