Friday, May 25, 2012

COLORS AND LIGHT

"THANK GOD FOR YELLOW OCHRE, CADMIUM RED MEDIUM,
AND PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT."
--Philip Guston
Silver Lake Blvd. and Parkman, LA









MICHAEL LEVINE,
OLD SCHOOL UPHOLSTERY AND DRAPERY FABRIC,
MAPLE ST., DOWNTOWN L.A.
I'M GOING TO MAKE NEW CURTAINS FOR MY ROOM OUT OF THIS.
THEY SAY GREEN IS THE COLOR OF HOPE! 

7 comments:

  1. I think green is also the color of peace. I know we say someone is green with envy, but I have always found being surrounded by green trees and green grass even more peaceful than looking at a blue sky. Blue I find more inspiring for some reason, more of a lofty color than green. Red does convey both love and rage. Brown suggests fruitfulness, maybe because it is earthy. Anyway thank God for colors, for their beauty, for artists that can bring that beauty to us through painting, and for poets who flash that beauty to our souls and musicians who penetrate our bodies and souls with beauty through our ears.

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  2. I have fond memories of travelling "downtown" on the the TTC with my Mom back when Toronto might have still passed according to it's moniker, no not Hog-Town (that was much earlier) but "Toronto the good."

    She would go looking for material and "notions" for her dress maker-designer business that she ran successfully for years from our home. I loved the colours, the smells, the feel of all manner of things and especially the giant bins of buttons. I would read as far over the top of the open barrel-like bins and jam my hands down into the cool, hard but movable mass as though plumbing the depths of diamonds. I could ram my arms in well beyond the elbows. And this was allowed. As Mom checked out her purchase any one of a number of different old ladies (they were likely not more than 40 or 50 tops) would hand me a palm sized baggie to "go fill" with buttons. I always thought this was a freebie but who knows, Mom may have paid.

    It certainly kept me silent on the trip back as I lusted and sorted my prize like Golem with his Precious.

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  3. Inspiring colors. Needed the inspiration.

    Heather,you are awesome!

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  4. Don't you just want to eat that fabric!? Owen, that's a whole beautiful essay...my mother didn't run a dress maker-design business but she was a seamstress. We would go to a place called the Exeter (New Hampshire) Handkerchief Factory to shop for fabric, buttons, zippers, "notions" etc...

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  5. Grey Is the Colour of Hope - Irina Ratushinskaya, Russian poet imprisoned for writing dissident poems. Her book describes her experiences in prison. Very inspiring.

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  6. Got it, Chip: Ratusinskaya (extra a there): In the Beginning , on reserve at the LAPL!

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  7. A few years ago , the fellow who runs Magnificat met my wife who is a copy editor/proofreader. He offered her work which but she declined. Perhaps you , Heather, would not if he still needs help.
    My wife used linked in when she was looking for editing work, even went to meetings.
    Tommaso

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