If you’ve hung around in The Cove lately, you probably came across my new “Crayola haïku” posts. They are inspired by Tourmaline’s blogging challenge, Color Your World – 120 Days of Crayola.
You haven’t seen those posts? Oh, and you’d like to check them out? Well I sure can help you with that! Here is the list of my first attempts…
I don’t post those everyday, because not every Crayola color-name inspires me… But some of them are the work of an artist, and that deserves a post.
I’ve also wanted for a long time to be able to be the artist behind a color name! I first thought applying for some paint company, or maybe one that makes make up. Unfortunately, I never became a color-namer…
And tonight I thought, “You know what?” which I did, because, I was talking to myself, but I’ll continue for your sake!
So I went “I don’t need a full-time job at Sherwin-Williams, or Maybelline to be happy! Just submitting one of my own creations to Crayola might do the trick!”
And quite frankly, I was ready to give them the name… No fussing around with royalties and the like. Just put my color-name on a crayon, and I’ll be happy!
But! (there is always a but!)
Here’s what awaited me when I started my research to find out who I should send my gift color-name to!
In short, they’re saying that, for everybody’s benefit, it is better that they don’t take ideas, or concepts or suggestions, or tips, or anything like that from people outside the company! Whut??? They want to “avoid misunderstandings”.
Well, there goes my dream.
I am disappointed.
Very much so.
Now I understand how they come up with color-names like “Brown”. “Brown” is what happens when you are not open to new motivated artists with crazy ideas… “Brown” is the color of tenure.
And I just wanted to make the world a better place, my very own way.
Your loss, Crayola. Don’t come running back when your best color-namer can’t come up with anything better than “Grey-Grey”!