By Tammy Seibert
“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.” — Shug Avery, “The Color Purple”
Black is the well-known classic wardrobe staple – the little black dress, the three dozen pairs of black shoes, and the quintessential don’t-go-anywhere-without-it black jacket and black pants.
But black can get boring…specifically if you are an artist. It’s not necessary to completely wash yourself in a rainbow. Accents are adequate and, for many cases, preferable. Color breathes life and shape into what otherwise might appear flat and barren. Color reflects our universe and hence your life. Color makes our lives vivid. It invigorates, characterizes, and wakes up our souls. It is also the essential ingredient for painting your most prized possession: your life’s canvas, your masterpiece.
Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 is 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade. Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.
Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and nonconformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.
My three sons laugh because math and sciences are their strong gifts but for me I have never met a color I didn’t like. I can look at a color once and go match it at the local home store in the color swatches almost perfectly. I am a painter so I have included a color wheel for your free play and matching fun. You can go to the opposite sides of the color wheel like I did with the strong gold yellow and deep purple.
Some Ways to Add Color To Your Life and Wardrobe
*Next time you go to a party, don’t wear black. Wear Purple.
*Rock a bold shoe….red, yellow, blush, and burgundy shoes are my favorites.
*Grab a bright bag…here I have added lavender and then gold from Nine West in colors.
*Sport a pair of striking shades.
*Add drama with oversized colorful earrings.
*Perk up your polish.
*Add color through patterns.
A Review of the 3 Looks
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes: Tammy’s Book Recommendation
Looking for a way to break out of your ho-hum, everyday routine? How about a big bowl of ice cream for breakfast? Or maybe a stack of pancakes for dinner? A trip to the movies in the middle of the week? Celebrating your birthday a few months early? Ice Cream for Breakfast is the perfect primer on breaking the rules and doing the unexpected.
The charmingly illustrated book serves up 52 ways to help you find moments of unrestrained self-indulgence and pure joy each and every day. In language that is both lighthearted and reassuring, author Leslie Levine offers gentle wisdom and poignant insight into experiencing joy and living life to the fullest. We have chapters such as Sing At The Top Of Your Lungs, Linger In The Tub, What’s Your Favorite Color and Take A Nap.
A Little Background Music
An assortment of purple and its complementary color, yellow.
One more beautiful kimono!
*Photos of Tammy at Oklahoma City Museum of Art by Marcie Everhart. Photo of Tammy downtown Oklahoma City by Kathy Wallace.