How bright the colours of childhood are. There is nothing equivocal about them, they are reds and yellows and blues and greens. No muted shades or subtle off whites. They either are or they aren't. Children can't be doing with taupe or dove grey. Their favourite colours are definite, bright and clear. Much like their opinions on just about anything.
When I was little my favourite colour was yellow. I was absolutely certain it was, I didn't have to think about it when asked, and I always thought that anything and everything looked better with a splash of yellow in it. It was the colour of sunshine and happiness and for me there were two types of picture, those with yellow and those without. I don't think I ever made a picture without it.
Today I couldn't easily answer a question about my favourite colour. I'd need to know, for what? Decorating the living room? A top to go with jeans? A flower? It's not simple any more. Would the answer ever be yellow? I don't know. Somewhere along the line everything changed and became more complicated.
I like to think back to childhood days, when my favourite colour was always yellow, and my best friend's favourite colour was always blue. Do I overthink things now? Should I just answer without thinking? Being creative sometimes means blindly following your instinct. The things you create then will surely reflect who you are. And by looking back at your choices, you will start to understand yourself and what makes you tick.
If I look back now I find that the answer becomes clear. My favourite colour today? It's blue. It speaks to me now, the way yellow used to. Aqua, cerulean, petrol, Eton, steel. It's the sea and the sky and the storm clouds. I'll always have a soft spot for yellow, but somewhere along the way I grew and changed and now yellow is a little girl with ribbons in her bunches that I remember fondly but don't see any more. Maybe one day it will all change again. And I'll be ready, because change can be good, it can be growth and self knowledge.
Tell me, without thinking too long or too hard, what is your favourite colour? Has anyone stayed faithful to their childhood love?
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What is The Colour Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.