ME Collection

Mesmerizing & Engaging


Olive Green Afternoon

Painting Based on Crayon Colors. Hint:  look in the upper right corner for the largest area of color to locate the color and hence the name. 

This piece is also inspired by Richard Diebenkorn and the French Window At Collioure by Henri Matisse. (Matisse was viewed as a Fauvist [a group of artists known as the "wild beasts"]). His work gravitated to the beautiful and his celebration of bright colors).

 I also enjoyed reviewing the contemporary works of Mary Elizabeth Peterson whose soft pastel color approach inspired me.  How coincidentally fun her initials are ME the title of this series. 

This series, I too created in favor of dramatically simplified areas of pure color, flat shape and strong pattern.

Crayons have inspired creativity in countless children and adults. 

Celebrate the color Dandelion and enjoy the video!

ME: Mesmerizing & Engaging is the essence of this collection. Crayon Colors Used.

From childhood, I grew up using crayons as my first choice for creating art. In honor of crayons, I am creating a series of paintings based on all the crayon colors. 

Crayola crayons currently come in 120 colors including 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver.  How fun to associate crayon colors with paint choices.

Dandelion is gone. Sad news that Crayola retired one of their colors. One of my favorite words and muted yellows. So long, dandelion! Crayola announced that it’s retiring the dark yellow shade from the classic 24-crayon box. So in honor of Dandelion, I have chosen it to be the first in the series. 

Since I retired from IBM, perhaps I will be seeing Dandelion again in one of my awesome artistic adventures. Keep you Dandelion crayons, they may become collector items. 

Dandelion decided to announce his retirement early! There’s no taming an adventurous spirit! #NationalCrayonDay

Please enjoy Dandelions Farewell Soliloquy!

"I made it my mission to inspire creativity wherever I traveled because, with a little imagination, nothing is impossible. Sure, I’ve done big things: track down pirates' treasure, discover lost temples and tame the world’s most ferocious beasts,” he said. "I think retirement’s going to be my wildest adventure yet.”  Dandelion Crayola

Tell me, Cheryl, what advice would you give a child who came to you asking what their favorite color should be?

To follow their heart? That no color is right or wrong? That if they wanted to, they could always change their mind later, any number of times? That their happiness with their choice is all that matters? Not to give it too much importance? That they don't have to decide at all? That you approve no matter what they choose?

Now, what if they protested because they had heard from friends that there was a special color assigned to them at birth; their soul-color. They felt that a numerology reading might shed some light on their confusion. They wanted confirmation of their choices through a zodiac chart, tea leaves, and a Ouija board. And they asked if hiring a coach, therapist, or guru would be a good idea.

Yep, this is what I hear every day, just not so much for colors...

Sorry to lay this on you. I'm just fishing around for some new answers to the bazillion questions I get each week about careers, loves, and destinies - which to me, from here, are kind of like... crayons.

Ewhhhh, nice magenta or is it pink?

 The Universe