In each installment, a guest writer chooses one Pantone color they find particularly meaningful, intriguing, or just aesthetically beautiful—and tells us why. 

By Marilyn Arsem, artist


Gray has been my favorite color since I was a teenager. In fact, I probably liked it earlier than that, though it was not an appropriate color for young girls to wear in the 1950s. 

I remember when I was 9 years old being reprimanded by my teacher who said that I was showing off by spelling it ‘gray,’ when the American way to spell it is ‘grey.’ I told people that it was both all colors and no colors, together. That seemed appropriately mysterious and cryptic.

When I first looked up the Pantone chart on my computer, I found that my favorite was “Ghost Gray.” Of course I could see how many variations of gray there really were, with some appearing greener, some more purple or more brown and others more blue. But ‘Ghost Gray’ seemed perfect. And so I was not surprised to find that the RGB values were almost identical. It was all colors, in balance.

But now when I look for it in the online site, the color seems to have disappeared. However, if I enter ‘ghost gray’ in the search bar it returns. And so sometimes it can be seen, and sometimes not. It is elusive, just as a ghost should be.

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