|Violet Cats, 11 x 7, pastel on paper|
Each cattail is a unique combination of solid cylinder and gossamer fluff and after painting so many of them, they begin to feel like figures. Painting this color family allows me to use many of these luscious hand made pastels.
Many of these date back to November 2009 when Kitty Wallis threw a pastel making party for me. It's always a joy to use these beauties!
Although I am not a true synesthete, I do have strong associations across the senses. I often have strong impressions that days have key signatures (today is d minor, in case you're interested). And, since we're talking about violet today, it makes perfect sense to me to share the second Gershwin Prelude. In my sensibility, it is violet.
Here's a fascinating TED talk about Daniel Tammet, an incredible synesthete. You'll enjoy his story here.