The Pantone Color Institute has just released its newest color, Love Symbol #2, in tribute to Prince coinciding with the release of a deluxe edition of his ‘Purple Rain’ album. Look for that gorgeous purple everywhere soon!
In honor of this release I asked a few of my favorite creatives to expand upon the color purple and how they use it. Editors Jo and Kim at one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Inspire declined, saying that they hate the color purple. Wow! That’s rather limited thinking in my humble opinion. So many varieties of purple exist in nature that I was astounded that anyone could outright shun the color.
I did receive replies from two of my absolute favorite creatives, artist Kim Santini who writes:
I want to be the purple cow (book by the same title, author Seth Godin). Or rather, I want my paintings to be the purple cow. Because a purple cow will be remembered. And I want my artwork to be memorable.
How do I achieve that? By creating pieces with unexpected elements – cropping, perspective, color, composition, attention to edges, dramatic contrast, a smidge of magic – all are legit ways to build a piece that is hard to forget.
The actual color purple factors in, too. It builds fabulous mid tones and grays, a purple-leaning-towards-pink will draw the eye every time, and the deepest purple is more powerful than any black.
Not that the cows will know any different. But the viewer, the viewer will remember. And that means that I win.
Please do check out Kim’s beautiful art and her glorious use of the color here.
And from Maine-based Linda Rockwell at Queen Bee Knits:
My relationship to purple is shallow at least. I am a knitter and except when I knit a gift for someone who is ill and needs healing, I don’t seem to use purple. Once upon a time, I was told by someone whom I respected, that purple was a healing color. I’ve registered that in my memory banks and have knitted purple healing shawls and a purple princess crown for a little girl with cancer. I have purple cone flower in my garden and a beautiful purple orchid in my home.