If you’ve ever read Harold and the Purple Crayon, then you already know about the whole ‘purple crayon imagination’ thing. For the rest of us, well, now we know, too! I must admit, as an avid collector of children’s picture books, I’m not sure why I don’t own this simple, yet beautiful book about creativity and imagination.
In 1955, Crockett Johnson wrote his charming story about a four-year-old with an imagination that comes to life through his purple crayon. Seems, according to Dr. Philip Nel who published a biography of Mr. Johnson and wife, Ruth Krauss, that the book – along with others they collaborated on – generated much controversy.
He writes, “Defiantly leftist in an era of McCarthyism and Cold War paranoia, Johnson and Krauss risked collaborations that often contained subtly rendered liberal themes. Indeed, they were under FBI surveillance for years…..” (even his choice of crayon color was questioned)
Interesting! So why share all of this on a Monday Motivation post? Well, it was my way of sharing that lately, purple has tickled my creative fancy in a strange and (dare I say?) euphoric sort of way. No idea why…. I’ve just been craving a tube of purple paint, which I finally picked up Saturday evening.
Whoa! Hello, Purple Everything! Here’s what Sunday looked like in the studio (all projects still in progress and some dramatically altered from a previous version in other colors) ….
As a newbie mixed-media artist discovering new techniques and tools all the time and preparing to participate in my first BIG show in October, with space provided by the local shop that showcases my creative adventures, Every Nook & Cranny, I’ve begun to find ‘color palette favorites’ in my work – hot pink/bright orange/yellow for fun, funky projects, cooler blue/green tones when I’m feeling mellow, clean, crisp neutrals (black/brown/gray/cream/white) for subdued projects … many now with shades of purple as an integral addition – and an energizing blend of each palette to shake things up (like “Find Your True North”).
When asked in 1955 why a purple crayon in his story? Johnson reportedly replied, “Purple is the color of adventure.” (Nel, p. 152) Well, there you go!
It seems I’ve discovered my own purple ‘crayon’ while exploring my creative side… who knew? #Serendipity
Life truly can be an adventure if we let it!
So, grab your own crayon, pen, paint, marker, pants, you name it…. and make it a Marvelous Monday, filled with purple adventures. 🙂
P.S. I ordered my copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon… Can’t wait for it to arrive. #inspiration