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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Colors of Dad

Do you ever find that you associate certain colors or palettes with a special person in your life?  I identify strongly with certain color combinations in association with my parents.  With my late mother, it was always hot pink and gold.  She was quite fond of this flashy, yet feminine combination and I'll forever think of those as "her colors".

Sadly, my father passed away last week after many years of poor health.  In honor of Father's Day, I put together a palette that reminded me of him.  It's always interesting to think of what makes us associate colors with a certain person.  Is it their clothing choices, personality or hobbies that make us see certain colors in relation to them?

My dad was part of the small generation sandwiched between the World War II generation (nicknamed the Greatest Generation) and the Baby Boomers.  I like to call it the Mad Men generation after the hit show that takes place in the early 1960's. 

They were too young to fight in WWII but too old for Vietnam. True to form in alliance with the TV show, my dad remembers that his years working for the Federal Reserve Bank in the early 60's were filled with 3 hour, 5 martini lunches!

 My dad had that Mad Men look and I think I associate his colors with some of the business shirts he wore during his working years. He never gave up the formal attire, music and sensibilities of that generation for the more casual styles and tastes later adopted by the Boomer Generation.

Dad in the late 1960's:

Dad's Colors:

So here's to all dad's out there and my dad in particular.  Their colors will always live on.