Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Color Test- What's in a name....

Color is an interesting animal in that there are so many different names for the same colors that it could confuse even the most experienced artist after awhile. I know that in the decorative arts field though that it helps to have specific names for shades so that people can follow instructions and get the results they hope when trying a new painting pattern.
One way to get my hubby going on the trendy, yuppie pretentiousness of certain quarters is to put a certain clothing catalog in front of him. Oh, he loves the clothes, the quality and so on, but the names they give the colors drive him up the wall. He understands blue, yellow, red and so on, but willow? pintail? Every time he comments on these types of names for colors I think back to a Newlywed's Game Show one night where the husbands were asked what color the sheets on their beds at home were that day. So they answered with colors such as blue, tan, white and so on. You know the drill. Enter the wives, they are asked the same questions. The wives answered with Cornflower, Vanilla, Oyster. Fighting broke out among the couples that didn't match as this was THE critical question. I always laugh when I think about how we as males and females think about things like this. So here's the test, can you see how many of these shirt colors you can get right? I'm going with the catalog names and will reveal these on Sunday. There's a sweet little treat for you if you can guess at least one. As for me, I happen to like the fancy names, but that's the creative artist in me. You know, my hubby still loves me anyway? :-)


mary helen said...

I love the different names as well.
Chambray Blue, Bone, Beeswax,
Coral Sand,
:) ~mary helen

Le Fey said...

Cornflower, Sage, Salmon, Wheat, White, the pinstripes have me boggled, lol. Love the post, really does make you think about color perceptions.

Sheryl Parsons said...

Hey, hey! Some wonderful guesses here! Thanks Mary, and nice of you to stop by Le Fey!


Lisa Nelson's Art, Bucks County Designs said...

I'm not venturing a guess on the stripes but I love the names they give colors in catalogs! For the solids, how about cloud, sky, meadow, buttercup, terra and storm. Have a great day, Sheryl!

HowlingMoonDesigns said...

Hi Sheryl...
I'll take a stab at this..LOL
Winter White, Periwinkle, Salmon Souffle, Sunflower..


Ev said...

There's beautiful names here! I don't want to be a copy cat and was trying to think of something different, but it's SO hard. How about naming them Harrison, Skylar, Herb, James and Ben. The only colour I can think of is Butter:)

Sheryl Parsons said...

Oh, you ladies are too good! I will post answers before bedtime tonight so check back tomorrow. Thanks so much for playing!

Sheryl Parsons said...

Okay, here's the official list. I think Mary Helen, you had the

Chambray Blue
Baked Clay
Green Leaf
Light Chambray
Congrats to Mary for getting so many right! Thanks to all who stopped by. It's fun to do things like this and I always enjoy seeing you here.

Doreen said...

Helo Sheryl. I think I know which catalog you speak of..and you are right...they com4e up with some really neat names for colors.

Wishing you a wonderful day,