marsala, 18-1438

when i saw what Pantone had announced as their 'color of the year' for 2015, i was a little more surprised than i thought i would be. i knew it was going to be a color that referenced the '70s (although it also brings up visions of the '40s for me, which i love), but my personal pick would have been something closer to the light sea foam turquoise shown alongside 'marsala' in most of the press materials. i'm definitely partial to blues and have and sometime have 'trouble' feeling adverse to things that flare orange, so i thought i'd go through my collection of inspiration files and see where i really stood on it. turns out i actually had quite a few images that evoked 'marsalla' and it really is quite beautiful. i think that the important thing for this shade is that it maintains an inner glow, to keep it from looking too dull and earthy. think oily rothkos, snakeskin leathers and light shining though film stock.