Having found lists of obscure/obsolete color names and rounded out the alphabet with a few simply-charming-to-me colors, each day, I’ll introduce a color and a swatch I’ve painted and then write about whatever comes to mind as I muse about the day’s color. Fair warning, my mind is a non-linear traveler, so who knows where my contemplations will take us.
L is for… Laird – the color gray, or dappled gray
I’ve found usage of liard as color documented as early as 1440 in Middle English, often referring to horses, but it also refers to a coin, and, of course, probably best known as the Scottish term for “lord.”
However, none of these things captured my attention as I mused on the color. Instead, I kept thinking about a friend who was feeling “blah” and describing herself “not with a black cloud over my head by a dusting of gray mist.”
To be clear, my friend is not depressed, nor would I ever make light of such a thing. But I’m certain we’ve all had some experience with being dusted in gray. Have a day of doubting yourself? Feeling a bit smaller than you think you should, as though your patina of awesomeness was a bit tarnished? Forgot what makes you so darn special? No worries. Perhaps you just need to pay a visit to the Random Superhero Generator.
Here’s what’s on record for me:
Deborah has a reputation for incredible fame throughout the nation. She likewise possesses the power to make duplicates of herself and she has mastered the ability to sculpt and mold all wood with a thought. Deborah has the power to tunnel through solid silver and she attacks using a devastating pattern of magic spells that also grants an exceptional vision. She also developed the talent to transform any fly into a cockroach and she is able to take control of exhaustion and bend it to her will. Unfortunately, Deborah becomes rigidly inflexible in the presence of gold.
Ah, I feel decidedly better now, although too bad about the gold issue
But see what magic? That gray mist has been turned into a laird crown, and I’m ready to head off in a new direction.
What about you? Do you have a favorite color for horses? Laird ones are kind of special. Ever consider what your superpowers are, or use the superhero generator? Ever let cookie fortunes inspire you? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.
I love that gray mist description. On many days I feel that mist, then it clears off or clouds over. My moods are very fluid; are most people’s?
The weather where you live very clearly demonstrates that mist-lifting phenomenon. I think there’s a pretty large spectrum of fluidity when it comes to people’s moods.
I know what you mean about grey mist days. Thing is, even the strangest and most exciting life will start to feel mundane eventually. It’s often just a matter of perspective.
I agree. And I believe curiosity is a great trait to help shift perspectives.
I am able to erase the memory of others but I’m afraid of animals. LOL. I love your self-portraits. The color is pretty too. Very mysterious looking to me.
Hmm, what did you just say? 🙂 The generator is fun, isn’t it? Thanks for the kind words, Janet – you know I enjoy paper self-portraiture.
I always liked laird cats – not that I knew they were laird. The Random Superhero Generator cracked me up, so thanks for that! =)
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I’m pretty partial to the orange boys and the laird ladies. Glad you liked the RSG – it cracks me up, too.
I love the idea of a superpower generator! 🙂
And I’m afraid that I, too, may become rigidly inflexible in the presence of gold. *laugh* I love shiny things! 😉
I’m laughing too. And how does it get any better than that?!
I always loved dappled gray horses…
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This is gold. This post is gold (on a gray day– hmmm…)
I’ve copied this phrase “your patina of awesomeness” in my current notebook so that if I’m ever feeling ‘ a bit tarnished’, it’ll remind me of this post and the random superhero generator.
Thank you 🙂