I made a color picker with names by hooking up my color thesaurus to an interactive hex to rgb converter. Now you can see all the details of the colors, such as names, hue, saturation, brightness, red green blue values, hexadecimal code, little stories about the colors, and more. Let me know what else you’d like to see on this page. I’m a little obsessed with colors due to writing a novel with an artist as the main character. I also like keeping my website up to date. You can add any color to the URL and my code generates a page behind the scenes. It pulls the data from a JSON file filled with color names and hex codes.
I have made a collection of named colors gleaned from HTML color names, Pantone swatches, stones, jewels, flowers, foods, minerals, pigments, and paints. Some of them I made up out of whole cloth. Each color is presented as its hexadecimal code. Use some in your fiction! Sample color names:
- Flesh of the peach
- Skin of the peach
You can use the complete interactive version here.
Download the whole shebang as a PNG file. Please share it! Below is a cropped bit from the reds section.
Surrealist landscape in primary colors
This is the most popular image on my site, according to Google Search. It uses primary colors: red, yellow, blue (as well as black and white). Primary colors are a set of colors from which all other colors may be derived. In art, red, yellow and blue paint can be mixed to produce all hues. In light, red, green and blue wavelengths combine to form all hues. In inkjet printers, it’s magenta, yellow, and cyan.
I made this painting with oils as an exercise for class. The painting is about 2×2 feet on stretched canvas. See more surreal landscapes.
I collect little boxes. Most of them are brown wood, but this little guy is a mosaic of little colorful bits.
I went through a crayon period of photography. Crayons make great photo objects. They are colorful, easy to work with, inert, and small.
I left my vast collection of new and used crayons with some deserving artist friends when I made the cross-country move to Boston, so I’ll have to start amassing new ones!