Thursday, July 28, 2011

Painting With Primary Colors

I've always found great contentment in continually exploring the simple. Sure, I can go crazy with imaginings when presented with the wall of color chips at the local Sherwin Williams. But there's just something about me that continues to gravitate back toward the elemental -- the primary palette.

Pottery has a terrific primary palette, and when you discover a red you like to work with, a yellow with character, and a blue with interest, you have a lifetime of pots in your future.

I should have said, "I have a lifetime of pots in my future".

I have.

Sure, I've strayed a few times -- my early nineties were teals and pinks. (<----Heh. Yeah, me. Teals and pink.). And one of my favorite glazes right now is my green glaze (but I would actually nominate green as the fourth primary color if there were such a governing body to whom I might state my case. I'd say "hey, it's nature! .... grass, trees, mint chocolate chip ice cream -- ALL green". I'm pretty sure they'd ultimately see it my way. I can be darn persuasive.)

But I always seem to return home.

It's like always having a control from which to diverge. Rather than having design elements that are all moving targets all the time, I keep one or two constants and then diverge from those for the contrast necessary for interest.

Oh, and despite my passion for the simple, the elemental, the primary....I overthink EVERYTHING. That is key.