Quintessence #atozchallenge


the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form

I’m in the middle of making an epic decision – what color will I paint my study. I love the saturated colors – blues in particular. What I really want is this:

Behr - Navy Blue

Behr – Navy Blue

The room itself only has one window and the color would make the room really dark. So, I’ve had to change-up my game plan.  I went to the hardware store and got paint samples of the blues I thought would give me a calm creative environment while not making the room a cave. I’ve painted a swatches of color on each wall. It’s amazing how much the colors change through the day.

Option 1: Bayou – Love the color in the sample and the paint card. Hate it on the wall. Believe it or not, there is a lot of gray in this color and the room really makes is a dull muddy color.

Behr - Bayou

Behr – Bayou

Option 2: Costa Rica Blue - This is a beautiful color, I love how it gives a nod to turquoise. BUT, in the space it is too dark. If I used it it would have to be an accent color.

Costa Rica Blue

Behr – Costa Rica Blue

Option 3: Utah Sky - I think I have a winner. The color gives me a calm vibe while being bright enough to give me a creative lift.

Utah Sky

Behr – Utah Sky

Yes, this is Utah Sky in natural light. It looks more like the sample when the full-spectrum over head lights are on. Color is a funny thing.

Yes, this is Utah Sky in natural light. It looks more like the sample when the full-spectrum over head lights are on. Color is a funny thing.

 

I’m playing a 3-D version of Tetris as I’m re-configuring my computer room. The process is relatively simple – paint a wall & let it dry, while waiting sort belongings into keep, donate, and what was I thinking. In my brain, I think that I have the ability to do everything at a super-sonic pace. Then reality bites me on the butt.

Why am I telling you about my paint and organizing travails? Simple. We all are searching for that moment of purity that inspires and motivates us. The blue I pick may not be the color you pick. And, that’s okay.

Each color, experience, or feeling should be visceral. My job as a writer is to distill the quintessence of my story, allowing  my audience see, touch, and feel what I’ve put down on the page.

 

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