Not so Black and White: No. 26 of 40 Forts

Not so Black and White: No. 26 of 40 Forts

Not so Black and White: No. 26 of 40 Forts

When I was a little girl, I had a book in which I entered information about myself, including all of my favorites. I was hooked on entering information left and right. It was definitely a precursor to social networking.

I distinctly remember telling my mom about my favorite colors one night while she cooked dinner. I was coloring at the kitchen table. They were brown and gray.

And I had a logic behind why I loved these colors. As for brown, well, I had brown hair and brown eyes. Of course. And then for gray… well, that was my middle name. And my dad had gray hair. This must have been before his hair turned to the striking white that it is today. White as the driven snow.

She liked light gray with punches of color.

She liked light gray with punches of color.

When I first started working at Paper Source, I was obsessed with the colors cement and gravel, two shades of gray. But not just the gray. I loved adding various punches of color depending on the project.

Then when we bought our home a year and a half later, I became obsessed with Benjamin Moore paint color Pismo Dunes. I could imagine our bright colored accessories jumping out against the warm gray/beige paint. I still love it. It may be my favorite paint color for life.

When I created this piece, I also thought about moderation. I wish that moderation were a little more common right now. But it is not. Everything is so extreme. This really hit home when I first had Lucy. Everyone had a solution to the issues we were facing. And they wanted me to use their solution only. I was visiting a team of people, but none of the experts were willing to be team players. Those territorial overtones began seeping into almost everything I was observing over the last year. Maybe it is more pervasive since I live in the nation’s capital, which is at the height of partisanship.

Can’t we all give a little so that we can get along? Certainly when you are willing to look at things beyond black and white, life is much more interesting.

strips of color run across the base

strips of color run across the base

On top of this little fort, I added the text in a splash of gravel with a burst of warm colors curling out of the bottom.

Check out Paper Source’s Colorscope. What’s your favorite color?

This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.

Read about all of the Forty Forts.

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