Saturday, October 6, 2012

What do you hear when you see colors?

Trying to describe color is, I think, one of the hardest parts of writing descriptions for my jewelry.  It's easy to write about the kinds of materials you used and what colors and size they are,  but how do you explain a color.  Now, I'm a song writer and am usually pretty good with words and putting my thoughts on paper (yes, I still use paper and pencil).  But this is so totally baffling to me.  I read other artisans descriptions and they are lovely.  They really paint a true picture and emotion of the piece.  Why can't I do that?  And how many ways can you compose an embellishing dissertation of 250 plus words about a guitar pick earring so Google will like you?

The SEO gurus say that you should describe your items as if you are explaining them to some one who is blind.  Well, since I have been seeing my whole life I cannot imagine not seeing color so how do you interpret it and translate it in a way that someone who is without sight can understand.  OK, so red is hot, like fire.  Blue is cold like reaching into the freezer and pulling out a frozen bag of corn, grey is that feeling you get on a damp day.  Orange and yellow are like the feeling of sunshine on your face.  

All these are well and good but how about pale green and turquoise, burgundy could be referenced against the smell of a wine, and rose of course to the flower, but there again you have different colors of roses.  Copper, and purple.  You could pick up a hand full of dirt and say this is what brown feels like but who wants to describe a lovely stone like a brown Labradorite as dirt.  And pink, it's such a soft visual color, is it soft like the fur on my kitty?  But she's a ginger color, so ginger is soft to me.  Ach!!!!

Here-in lies the problem.  

But wait...... I remember my friend Mike saying one time after a particularly rough gig, "don't worry" he says, "most of the time people hear music with their eyes"  Meaning that if you put on a great performance visually, the music then becomes sort of secondary in their heads. 

OK. So. Spin it a bit.  Ask myself - what do I hear when I see a color.  Now I have Diana Ross in my head singing " I hear a symmmmmphony...."  OK, back on point.  But that is the point.  If red is hot and fiery, then it's a screaming lead on a guitar like Steve Vie in Crossroads,  if it's blue then Eric Clapton comes to mind, cause he is the coolest ya know.  Lavender is Stan Getz playing the sax.  Magenta is Cristine Aguilera,  green is ....... Kermit The Frog.  I couldn't resist that one.  But I guess I'm getting the picture at last. 

Note to self - have pad and paper handy when listening to radio in car in case the color Cyber Grape comes on.   

Have a bright, bright, bright, sunshiney day!!!! :)

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha . . . thoroughly enjoyed your post! It sure made me think as describing color, as you so brilliantly put it, is hard to do! Great post!