The King and Queen of my Palette

April 10, 2017


From the 11 February 2016 entry in my studio journal:


I discovered, while mixing colors on my palette tonight, that I had unconsciously anthropomorphized the color Quinacridone Red as the queen of my palette.  I love this color!


And in a nanosecond all these thoughts and feelings rose to consciousness:


Queen of the palette!  What phraseology.  Why "queen"?  Why not "king" of the palette?


If she's the Queen, who's the King?  Dioxazine Purple.  I really like this color.  No question, this is the King.  Male.


So does this mean that Quinacridone Red is Female?  Yes, I guess it does mean that.  "Queen".  But I don't think of the Queen as subservient to a King.  She's a reigning monarch.  That's Quinacridone Red.


What do I think today about that journal entry?


They are still the King and Queen, but Indanthrone Blue has become a very predominant Prince of the realm.  And Naples Yellow Reddish is by far the most dominant Princess of the territory.   




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