“...and laughed so hard the blues would blow away in the summer wind." From a quote by Bill Withers: "I've always been serious that way, trying to evolve to a more conscious state. Funny thing about that, though. You tweak yourself... You keep tweaking, keep adjusting those knobs until you can no longer find the original settings. In some sense, the original settings are exactly what I'm looking for—a return to the easygoing guy I was before my world got complicated, the nice guy who took things as they came and laughed so hard the blues would blow away in the summer wind." - Bill Withers
Star of Bethlehem
The Night Bird
In honor of Nov 1 as All Saints Day, here is a throwback to last year. These portraits will be on display in Fort Collins in February 2019! St. Fabiola, 35”x60” oil and acrylic on panel.
Latest pigment exploration: genuine lapis lazuli. This is made from the real lapis stones in chile and afghanistan, and this is the very kind of pigment that was once more precious than gold. I have been curious about it, and wanted to share it with you because I could not find anyone who had done comparisons of different brands of lapis. Due to differences in the sources of the stone and the milling process, the color can vary. Pictured here is Natural Pigments Lapis from Afghanistan, Cornellisen Lapis from Chile, and Schmincke’s synthetic ultramarine deep for comparison. Natural lapis (jars 1 and 2) are not as deep blue as synthetic ultramarine due to a mixture of minerals found in the stone. The blue particles in the stone are lazurite, but other minerals in the stone are other colors, or clear, which also adds to its transparency when made into paint.
This brilliant little bottle is a symbol of one of the things I am most grateful for: synthetic ultramarine. The accidental discovery of synthetic ultramarine in 1787 is one of the biggest pigment breakthroughs in the history of art. As many know, genuine ultramarine was more costly than gold, and for centuries it was the only reliable blue available in this area of the spectrum. The cloak of Mary, the prism of the sky, the depths of seas... in a bottle.
Everyone comes into this world with different dreams. I was born fascinated with color. Every year, all I wanted for Christmas was poster paint (and a microscope) ☺️. My whole life I have wanted to work with color in this way— to freely compose with shades in a way that creates visual arpeggios and four part cascading harmonies. (Or seven part harmonies, or fourteen) ☺️. Color is about architecture, and there are lots of structures that support one focal point. My favorite part of this one is the stroke of pure yellow near the center!