The Use of Colour in Short Fiction

What colour is a pine tree? It’s not brown, or red, or orange, at the very least. Plum, perhaps? Plum streaked with snow? Salt on burnt skin? Grandma’s plum jam sitting on a shelf in the crawlspace among the spiderwebs that you crawl down to bring up and she spreads on homemade bread for you? Whatever you choose matters. Choose brown, you will have a story about yourself as a reader of texts. It will be no more sophisticated than a box of childrens’ crayons. Choose an accurate colour and you will have the beginning of a world, complete with characters and environmental and social relationships.

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barkPonderosa Pine Bark in December Light

 

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