A little exercise to ease the wheels of this week's #inkandeffort prompt, Elsewhere, before Pip and I head over to a friend's house for some coffee and cake and a walk. This week I decided not to give out so many structured exercises, because really you don't need them for a prompt like this. But as observation forms such a large part of this week's theme, I thought I'd pass on something that can help strengthen our observational muscles, so to speak.
Colour walking can be done mentally or with a notebook. Set out for a stroll - it doesn't have to be far, or even out in the country, a walk around a town can be just as fruitful. As you walk, have a colour in your head, and take note of everything you see of that colour. The child's blue mitten on the railing outside the library. The peeling blue paint on an old front door, half hidden behind ivy. The blue nails of the woman you pass, talking on her phone. The row of blue pots on a windowsill, each brimming with geraniums. The blue number 14 dyed into the wool of the beligerant sheep that watches you from beyond the fence. And when you feel like it, change your colour: the scarlet crabapples in the hedge might make you switch to red; the softness of a furred magnolia bud dusted with snow might snag your interest on green. Change your colour several times, but take a moment to really take note of the things you see, not just count them off. Pick a detail to go with each object. If you get into the habit of doing this, it can be incredibly helpful for picking details when conjuring up a sense of place.
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