Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

(Ballantine Book, Ballantine Pub. Group, 2002)

I came across this title on a blog that I can’t recall.  It is a library book that I started reading last week and I’m finding it is more than just a good informative read, but an entertaining one as well.  I wasn’t expecting the latter at all.

It reads like a travel diary of the author and I feel like I’m going along on the trips with her as she discovers historical use and of colours in various regions of the world by different cultures of people.  After the preface, entitled The Beginning of the Rainbow, and the introduction, The Paintbox, successive chapters are divided by colour name.  The first colour is Ochre because it was the first colour paint.  I’m still in this chapter and while reading I keep seeing the ground upheaved at the construction site down the road from where I live.  Before I started reading this book I wanted to photograph the mounds of dirt because of the colour…a deep brown with red/orangey tones.  Last summer when I dyed fabric I kept playing with these colour ranges and in the fall I attempted a quilt design about my great grandmother’s house that used some of these fabrics.  Every time I drive by the construction site I regret not having my camera.  Now, since I’ve started this book, I’d like to get about a quart of the dirt to bury some fabric in to see how it will colour.  I don’t know if I will or not…the intersection is kinda busy.



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3 responses to “Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

  1. This does sound interesting. As does Pushkin and the Queen of Spades!

  2. Pam

    This sounds like a book I will enjoy. I’ll look for it at the library this week.
    I’m loving having the time to spend reading both your blogs my friend.

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