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The Importance of Color

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( My photo)

Color is an important part of our lives. It is one of the most under- appreciated things in the world, in my opinion. Without it, life would be so boring. We wouldn’t be able to choose out a new colorful dress, or be able to paint our room our favorite color, or even choose the shiniest, reddest apples in the grocery stands. Without it, we wouldn’t have the defining characteristics of our appearance. No red heads, sparkly blue- eyed babies, or tanned skin from the summer sun. Color is a part of who we are- a major part of everyday life.

In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, there is no color. People are unaware that such a huge piece of their lives is missing, and they don’t miss it because they never even knew it was once there. Jonas lives in a society where everyone and everything is the same, nothing making anyone unique. People are assigned jobs, spouses, and have strict rules regarding what is proper and what isn’t. The world is grey.

In this book, color represents the excitement of differentness. When Jonas starts to see the color red, it completely changes the way he sees the world. He starts to no longer just see black and grey, but also splashes of red, green, blue, orange, and more. This special talent sets him apart from the rest of the community. Without the color, people are boring and almost lifeless.

I chose the picture above to represent what it must be like to have no color. You obviously can’t see it, since I edited it to make the picture black and white, but there is quite a brilliant sunrise in the background. It takes away a sense of wonder to have the color sucked out of a picture. You can’t see the golden sand, or the crystal blue lake, or the pink and yellow sky above. Color to me gives off a certain positive mood. I think that if I were to live in a black and white world, I would soon become bored and maybe depressed. There wouldn’t be anything to set me apart from others. Think about how much would be lost in a world of no color. Paint would be worthless, and your favorite blue shirt would no longer hold any importance. Without color, we would live in a world without originality or uniqueness.

My Prized Possession

One of my biggest thrills as a child was transferring from a gravel driveway to a paved one. This meant finally learning to bike, being able to walk barefoot outside without fear of stubbing my toes on rocks, and getting to use my favorite art supplies- chalk.

I had buckets and buckets of the stuff, from dusty pastels to darker blues and greys. I hoarded them like they were chocolate bars. My sister and I would spend hours drawing in our free time, letting our imaginations run wild with pictures of dragons, monsters, and princesses. We used each one to the point where it was a tiny sliver chalky color, too minuscule to draw with anymore.

On more than one occasion, Annika and I got in trouble for taking a stick of the stuff to our dog, Loki. We colored him blue, pink, purple… All on the glossy white coat that my mom tried hard to keep clean.

Chalk allowed me to transform my driveway into a huge, black canvas ready for me to spread my ideas across. Our driveway was very long- about a fifth of a mile. This allowed for the most intense hop-scotch tournaments! We would draw and draw and hop and hop until it was dark outside.

It’s funny to think that some of my favorite memories are associated with tiny sticks of dust. Who knows? Maybe if I had never been exposed to art at that young age, I wouldn’t be as creative as I like to think I am today!

Tagul

One of my favorite sites is Tagul Clouds, where you can create these really cool word bubbles. Choose a shape to fill in the words with, enter text and choose your favorite colors to add a splash of excitement! I made a word cloud in the shape of the words “I Heart Boston.” Try it out!Tagul boston


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