Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

Mustard's the word.

The new "It" color, the new aesthetic, the new scheme.  Here, at least; now.  Mustard everywhere.  I'm washing dresses of mustard, wearing vintagey low-cut puffy-sleeved sweaters of mustard, decorating in mustard, dreaming in mustard.  It's warm, it's golden, it's that twilight-time tone that streams in the corner window circa 5:45 on a good autumn afternoon.  It's honeyed, it's smooth, it's settled, it's kind.  It's Cal, it's UDel, it's wilting sunflowers on my kitchen table.  

It's autumn.  It's mustard.  And it's mine.

Helen Frankenthaler apparently thought so too, circa 1970, when she created Sesame, left.  A real beaut, isn't she?


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