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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The colors of home

"The home place," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb cold press paper
What  color is home? What color is a memory?  What color is an emotion?
Impossible to find one answer, if at all, isn't it? How can a color define something, other than represent moods perhaps.
Even the word is varied, going way back, according to the OED, to  Old English (as early as the 400s AD)  ham --"a dwelling place, house, abode, fixed residence; estate; village; region, country," from Proto-Germanic haimaz "home" (source also of Old Frisian hem "home, village," Old Norse heimr "residence, world," heima "home," Danish hjem, Middle Dutch heem, German heim "home," Gothic haims "village"), from ProtoIndoEuropean (t)koimo-, "to settle, dwell, be home." Used as an adjective from 1550s. The old Germanic sense of "village" is preserved in place names and in hamlet.
More than you wanted to know. Today's watercolor is just an attempt at some emotions, playing around.

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