I painted the back wall of my living room on Thanksgiving. The name of the color is Mansard Stone.* It took most of the day to complete the project. The only pause occured when I drove to the supermarket to buy mascarpone cheese, a key ingredient in tiramisu, the dessert I had planned to make. I forgot about the plan the previous day when I did the main shop for the meal - in fact I even bought a pumpkin pie because that's what I thought one served after Thanksgiving dinner. But when I took a break from painting and spotted the box of lady finger biscuits above the refrigerator, I remembered my original tiramisu plan and decided to follow through.
When the first layer of paint had dried I panicked that it was too dark. I added an extra light to the room as the sun set and I began cooking. I eventually decided that Mansard Stone was not too dark. It established the moody yet cozy atmosphere I had intended all along. Rob and Ryota, my Thanksgiving guests, liked the color. The meal turned out well. Especially the tiramisu.
Do you want to see one of the pictures hanging against a backdrop of Mansard Stone?
A very talented artist named Sheila Pepe made this drawing with pen and white-out. She graciously gave it to me in 1995 to thank me for my efforts in helping to organize an exhibition that included her. The show was called Way Cool. The gallery was Exit Art. I worked there for a couple of years after college. I like the visual rhymes in this drawing. It's funny.
*I also considered Squirrel Gray and Tweed Gray.