Friday, June 03, 2016

stillwater grey

I'm happy to be painting sample colors on the cat tunnel roof to see which one looks best with the house. I painted oyster grey first and stillwater grey today, and already I think stillwater grey is going to be the one. I have riverstone to try next.

Stillwater grey makes me think of Tasha Tudor. Now that I think about it, maybe that's why I was thinking of her when I first started painting a couple of days ago. If we choose that color it will make me think of Tasha's Stillwater state of mind every time I look at it!

I wrote a blog post years back about Stillwater and Tasha Tudor and I'm copying it below:

Just for fun, my family invented a religion like the Shakers we called Stillwater. I'm eldress, and we have a big celebration on Midsummer's Eve. It's really a state of mind. Stillwater connotes something very peaceful, you see, life without stress. Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more.

Stillwater believers are very hedonistic. Life is to be enjoyed, not saddled with. Do you know that lovely quotation from Fra Giovanni? He was an old monk from away back who wrote to his patron, 'The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy.' That's the first commandment of the Stillwater religion. Joy is there for the taking."

-Tasha Tudor, from The Private World of Tasha Tudor

*** I discovered Tasha Tudor when we got the corgyn - she has written and illustrated several children's books featuring the corgi. As I looked for more of her wonderful books, I came across her cookbook, which I love, and the above book, which is a favorite, full of her ramblings and the most marvelous photos of Tasha in the Vermont cottage built by her son.


Grey Horse Matters said...

I like the excerpt from her book. I'm sure whatever color you go with will be lovely. I like all the names of the paint colors.

billie said...

Stillwater is still my favorite but they have one I missed when ordering samples - French gray - so I will get that one and try it just to be sure.