722. I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful. ~A.S. Byatt

My skin is kind of, sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green,
But I’m told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it’s silver when it’s wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.
~Shel Silverstein

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A German artist named Hans Hoffman noted that “the whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.” And I’m so glad it is a realm drenched in color into which we are born and that we are blessed with eyes that can distinguish the millions of hues therein. Initially, one might think in terms of the basics like: grey, red, green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, purple and pink. But then what about dark and light shades of all those colors that take us into the realm of shades like hunter green, cherry red, hot pink, cobalt blue, lemon yellow and so on. Even a rainbow is a continuum of hues as one color overlaps the neighboring color, is it not?

Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father, David…He made the curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim worked into it. ~2 Chronicles 3:1 and 3:14   ✝

25 thoughts on “722. I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful. ~A.S. Byatt

  1. I would like to nominate you for the Premio Dardos Award because of the great work you are doing bringing kindness and helping the world.

    Here are the rules for this award: You can accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his or her blog. Include the image of the “Premios Dardos” in the post. Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement!

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  2. You are the wow factor in my life—each day I visit your post I am greeted by wonderment of beauty, color, life–all dripping off of the Master Creator’s brush that you have seen fit to share with all of us who are fortunate to stop by for a visit!!!
    Thank you!!!!!

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    • Speaking of wow, what a wonderfully complimentary comment. I’m so glad my little posts have an impact on your and your life. I feel the same about yours and they, as I’ve said so many times, often leave me speechless because of their insights and wisdom. Much love to you, sweet Julie. 🙂 ❤

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