Think Color! Which One or Ones?
Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 24, 2013
“Think Color! Which One or Ones?” by Linda Martin Andersen
“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.
This time of year, people talk fall color. They might ask, “Did you get to the mountains in time for the fall color?” or “Were the leaves at their peak?” (best color)
What other things come to mind when you think color?
One day this month, our newspaper came in pink. Why? I bet you know–National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: http://www.nbcam.org/
It’s October and a beautiful pink blossom has opened in our yard. It’s from a Confederate Rose, a gift from someone. Pink is not usually a color I associate with fall, and yet there it is. Read more about this plant here: http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2009/11/18/confederate-rose-will-rise-again/
Color is a big part of our world. Just talking about color brought this song to mind: “Colour My World” by Chicago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2prMmPmQ4
Have you ever had someone compliment your clothing by saying, “That’s your color.” Here’s more about a color analysis: http://www.thatsyourcolor.com/
What do you think of with each of the basic colors?
Here are a few of my thoughts. What are some of yours?
One connection is based on San Diego’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Campaign: http://www.sandiego.gov/thinkblue/
I thought of a favorite book by Joyce Moyer Hostetter entitled Blue:
A blue bird just fluttered across my yard. Maybe you have them in your area too. Tim Livingston does and he photographed one: “Bird on a Wire” http://theforesterartist.com/2013/10/24/bird-on-a-wire/
The Color Purple–described as “the musical about love” http://www.colorpurple.com/
Lavender, a shade of purple, is often requested as the paint color for a girl’s room.
A color often worn to funerals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black It is also worn for formal function: black dress, black tux.
This also made me think of B&W (black-and-white)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-and-white B&W reminds me of old photographs. Ansel Adams comes to mind. See the link to The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park: http://www.anseladams.com/
If I think white
(not a basic color)–I dream of snow, although this southern girl is more likely to see cotton fields.
For me, literature comes to mind: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/brown-bear-brown-bear-what-do-you-see
and “How now, Brown Cow.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_now_brown_cow
(Yellow lettering wasn’t easily read) One finding: http://blog.theberrycompany.com/blog/berry-marketing/think-yellow-go-green-kicks-off-in-lincoln-ne I think of sunshine, smiley faces, and sunflowers. How about you?
Sitting in the grass, watching pines sway, and seeking summer shade under trees thick with leaves. “Going green” means caring about the environment by recycling, etc. Read about waste management: http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/index.jsp
Think red for a healthy heart. Ruby red reminds me of Dorothy’s slippers in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Seeing red” means being angry, That reminds me of Joy Acey’s poem called “My Anger.” http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/search?q=anger
A juicy citrus fruit and the source of orange juice (OJ). A Halloween color. The color of shiny, round pumpkins. Pumpkin fields remind me of the Peanuts characters in “The Great Pumpkin.” Some say that orange is “the new black.” What do you think? What do you think that means?
Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Leave a comment that tells what each basic color reminds you of. Or choose a favorite. Come again soon. Bring a friend.
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