I did however, spend some time contemplating Gerrie's directive to use chartreuse as a neutral.
Webster's says neutral is "without hue, achromatic." What audacity to treat a color so specific and intense as chartreuse as neutral! I love it. Gerrie, you have caught my attention.
The more practical definition though is "matching well with many or most other colors or shades." And I'm pretty sure this will be my jumping off point. I will attempt to show that chartreuse goes with everything and is therefore a neutral.
Just for fun, I looked at other definitions of neutral -- to see if they sparked any related ideas.
- Chemistry: neither base nor acid, as distilled water.
- International Relations: like Switzerland (I could do the Swiss flag in chartreuse and white instead of red and white -- how fun would that be?!).
- Linguistics: neutral gender, ie "das" in german, which, along with the feminine "die" and masculine "der," I never did get good at remembering what words it belonged with.
- Mechanical: disengaged gears. Hmmmm...
- Electronics: the ground wire (that's usually brown in color though).
- Philosophy: like International Relations, not taking a side in a controversy.
- Network Neutrality: today's hot topic.