I wrote this piece as I visualised the story as a painting. The use of paint names have been criticised as confusing as not everyone knows their literal names. so your thoughts and ideas are most welcome….
Burnt orange washes sunset into place.
Payne’s grey cools down summer heat.
French ultramarine outlines old dance hall reflecting sun’s last rays into silhouette. All these are the colours of innocence.
Behind dance hall’s viridian door fluid blue weaves its rhythm.
Outside, ink black storms overhead, leaving no room for stars.
Alizarin and purple roam the alleyway brushing innocence aside.
Silver stabs alizarin down; crimson flows thick. Black disguises guilt.
All these are the colours of violence but What colour is murder?
Cerulean dawn reflects itself on drawn curtains.
Muddy gloom huddles with secrets behind viridian’s rusted locks
Yellow ochre exposes violence.
Death lays down in a grotesque grey, crimson now dry, dark, thick.
All these are the colours of reality but What colour is murder?
Payne’s grey gathers overhead abstracting cerulean
White floods down drowning out whispers of deceit.
Blue and red flashes in alleyway making discoveries
Before white can wash crimson, evidence is in their notes.
All these are the colours of discovery but What colour is murder?
White flood eases as a mixed palette of bowed heads strain with mahogany coffin.
Burnt umber opens itself to mahogany and one single red rose.
Prussian blue mourns inky tones over death and suspicion.
All colours mingle into grief.
All these are the colours of sadness but What colour is murder?
Burnt umber buries the past and rounds itself into the future.
White strikes a cross in remembrance.
Yellow Ochre breaks through Payne’s grey briefly outlining the guilty.
They shadow themselves back into the violet; back behind viridian door – back to their secrets.
All these are the colours of finality but What colour is murder?
Life and death are a mosaic of colours and texture laid down with a wash of intrigue.
Colours show most things in life – but
WHAT COLOUR IS MURDER?