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  Ain' Enough Colors in the Box
by Phyllis Jean Green
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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"Look!"  the child in me is always going to crow,  "I can  make purple!"
"All you do is take some red,"  I say,  demonstrating by squeezing a dab
of red watercolor paint onto the paper plate I am using as a palette,
"put some blue on top, then stir.    Ever see such a pretty purple?"

"Red and yellow make orange!"    "Blue and yellow make green!"
Still a miracle to me, how colors can be combined to make others.
Do you know you can make brown by mixing red and green?
It's true ~!  A great deal of the joy of painting is coming up with new
hues.  Need a lighter, richer yellow?  Drop in a little ivory. 
Want to paint a forest?  Play with yellow and green until it turns
to lime.  Play some more, chartreuse~!  Pick up a glob of blue
with your brush and a glob of the charteuse, and glory-be.
Isn't green, isn't blue, it's smack-dab between.  Number  of
blues you can make is as infinite as the va-va-voom shawls the sky
is famous for.  Known shades are myriad: turquoise, aqua, teal,
marine, azure, cerulean, powder, and navy only the beginning.

Doesn't have to be sun shining through rain:  whole world
is a rainbow.  "Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset," a Fiddler
on the Roof song goes.  Each time Nature paints one, the child
in her comes out.  Almost hear her giggle as she smears, swirls,
splashes, and feathers  pink-red-rose-geranium-pink-red-rose-
lavenderlavenderlavender-pink-red-rose, then moves on to
plum-dove-silver-pewter or mauve-umber-mauve-umber-green-
peeking-from-under, or hint-of-yellow-hit of gold-tastes-of-peach-
apricot-this-could-be-mango.  She can go on for days.  And 
no wonder!  So much to work with.  Subtleties in a single flower
are inspiring.  Field and fountain, valley and mountain.  Jungles,
deserts, rock crops.    The tiger, the elephant, the diamondback
rattlesnake.  Junkyard dog and alley cat.  Rainbow trout!  Atlantic,
Pacific!  Colors after rain, colors rolling or lazing by in rivers
and streams.  Colors that surprise in snow and ice.  Colors
that play in skin and turn cities that acid-trip a big city at night.

I call it "accidental beauty."  Original  Designs by Great Spirit. 
Yours free if you open your eyes.  Dreams play with crayons. 
Turn oil from a leaking valve into an impressionist painting.
Color sings and dances and does disappearing acts.  Most of all --
outline this with indigo ink -- it gives children young and old
the thrill of being allowed to participate in a magic show.

Gotta sign off so I can go see what Spring is wearing today.
Yesterday’s outfit looked like a painting by Van Gogh!

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/22/2011
Love the tone of excitement and passion in this poem, Phyllis. Too many extraordinary lines in this to mention them all, but the last line and "...from a leaking valve into an impressionist painting" are amongst my faves. Excellent writing!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/14/2011
What a wonderful pallet of colors and words blended so well. Love it. Liz
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/6/2011
Color bursts off the page and into my eyes, making me feel like a child again -- well done, (((Pea))).

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/1/2011
What would we do without color? Patrick
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 5/1/2011
This is beautiful Pea. Like Matthew Broderick said in Ferris Bueller's Day Off..."Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around, you could miss it." That is so true too. We need to stop and look at the scenery as we go by, and if our journey takes us by the park, then take a walk through and look at the flowers, and the people, and the children and listen to the birds chirping in the trees. Mother nature is such a palette of color and is there for us to enjoy. Nice writing, Pea. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by D. Vegas 4/27/2011
Pee, Beautiful,imaginitive and fun!
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/26/2011
BEAUTIFUL WRITE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/25/2011
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/25/2011
A palette of lifes colours and blessings...beautiful write Phylis.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 4/25/2011
Phyllis, though I used to sketch a lot (and still do on occasion),
I've worked very little with color. So thanks for this wonderful
color extravganza. I'll try to put it to good use. -gene.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 4/25/2011
A great read, great Art, and You. What more can anyone ask for? Great job your Royal Highness.
Peace and Love
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/25/2011
Phyllis, this is so elegantly constructed!!!
Scrumptious, down-to-earth and accessible creativity.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/25/2011
What a wonderful way of looking at the world. I love your imagery and verve.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Richard King 4/25/2011
Phyllis, your words paint beautiful rainbows as well. I'm guessing that you have a little of that "...Junkyard dog and alley cat..." in you too. BTW, is the painting one of yours?

Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/25/2011
I call it "accidental beauty." Original Designs by Great Spirit.
Yours free, if you open your eyes.

Original, Free designs by the Great Spirit - truly the best - and I need to get out there today as well. Happy Spring Sightings!

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Carrboro Poetica

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Above and Below

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Spinning Straw: the Jeff Apple Story

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  1. Wolf at the Door
  2. morning gesture
  3. I Sprung
  4. imaginable possibility
  5. The Fighter
  6. past encounter
  7. The Garden of Death
  8. A women's day poem
  9. Ahhh . . . Thinking About Things
  10. Watch What You Say
  11. Mankind
  12. His Life
  13. I'll Be Doing It Until I Die
  14. synchronized
  15. Bedlam in Thibodaux
  16. Afterglow
  17. A Woman
  18. My Failings
  19. ISIS, et al
  20. fusion of muse

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