I am back on my blog after a little break. From time to time I will post back stories of how we create and execute photo shoots for BAY magazine, Tampa Bay Times.
Along with that I will post thoughts and discoveries about art as they relate to meditation and yoga. This year I have had the privilege to study at St. Petersburg Yoga in order to become a yoga teacher. It is a reinvention of the best kind and a beautiful evolution in my life.
Here are some thoughts on the color GREEN.
This morning I decided to use my ‘beginner’s mind’ when I took my walk. Not focusing on the past or future, just the present. I was observing the trees and the grass and the many many shades of green.
This made me think of that wonderful CD by Ken Nordine called ‘Colors’ given to me by dear friend Ron Reason. With his beatnik sound Nordine talks about the origin of each color and the one I loved the most was his story about green. He said that green almost didn’t make it in the spectrum of colors because it is so difficult. It fights with the other colors, nudging its way into the crowd, trying to take over. I really get what he means.
I have always had trouble working with green in my paintings and pastels. I can never get the shades or tones ‘just right.’ They start getting muddy and creating problems for the other colors. As I walked I notice how overpowering the greens are in my environment. So many shades and tones you can hardly count. In fact I thought green was difficult because it was a bully to other colors. It dominates, it takes overs and it is everywhere, spreading on the ground and up to the sky.
When I think about teaching art and yoga I was thinking about teaching how to use green. I said “Namaste” to green this morning. May the light in me honor the light in you. Then I said, I will allow you to be the bully, I will be compassionate to your need to be the one who takes over, the loudest in the room. But I will work with you rather than against you and make my other colors work in harmony with you.
So let green be. Leave it alone. Be like red, its complement. Red is the most powerful color in the spectrum, the wave length closest to us. It has the power to take over everything, but instead it punctuates the green landscape, popping out here and there in beautiful flowers and other forms, grabbing our attention, against that green backdrop. We can learn from red. Be powerful and strong and be yourself and let green be.