Mossy, Knife Sharpening Green

“All theory, Dear Friend, is gray.  But the Golden Tree of Life springs ever green.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (from Brainyquote.com) Landscape painters, ceramists, make-up artists, soap makers and more love this mossy green pigment.  Chromium Green has been available for two centuries and has recently been discovered in the paintings of J. M. W.Continue reading “Mossy, Knife Sharpening Green”

Colorful Fridays–Everything’s Coming Up Orchids

“A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great love, joy and health.” Leatrice Eiseman executive director, Pantone Color Institute Frantically searching through paint boxes, “Radiant Orchid” is nowhere to be found. No “Radiant Orchid” in the watercolor box or the oil box. Can’t find it in the pastels either. HorrorContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Everything’s Coming Up Orchids”

Colorful Fridays–Impressions of Heavenly Blue

“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.” Moncy Barbour (from The Painter’s Keys) How can a blue go from the color of heaven to the definition of depression? Cerulean Blue has an array of descriptions that run the gamut from peace and harmony to gloomy moodiness. Pantone.comContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Impressions of Heavenly Blue”

Colorful Fridays–Red-less Monkey Yellow

“Happiness is Gamboge, ennui is grey…” Jonathan Meades (The Times of London by Wordsmith.org) The most beautiful warm glowing yellows in paintings are often the result of the liberal use of the orangey yellow Gamboge.  So warm and glowing is this color that it is said to be used to dye the robes of certainContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Red-less Monkey Yellow”

Colorful Fridays–Incredible Inedible Yellow Reds

“There is no blue without yellow and orange.”  Vincent Van Gogh (from Brainyquote) Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters preferred heavy applications of opaque paints.  Among the favored paints of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists were the cadmium family of yellows, reds and oranges.  The cadmiums make rich, strong dominant colors in any painting.  Fears of toxicity withContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Incredible Inedible Yellow Reds”

Colorful Fridays—The Rosy Red Siblings

“Red is obviously such a stimulating color, it has so many connotations.” P.J. Harvey Quinacridone Red and its Quin siblings, Rose and Magenta, cannot call up an intriguing history. No ancient minerals or archaic farming practices discovered these beautiful bluish reds. No Old Masters can be credited with having discovered this gloriously rich red family.Continue reading “Colorful Fridays—The Rosy Red Siblings”

Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.”  Aristotle (from Thinkexist.com) Discussions of the origins of Indian Yellow vary though most authorities believe it to have arrived in Europe from Asia in the Fifteenth Century.  Conflicting accounts exist as to the truth of a 19th century investigation into the process of creating Indian Yellow.  The disgusting smellContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow”

Colorful Fridays–Sunset Yellow

“It has the quality of appearing to recede into the picture’s distant plain (sic) (un)like other yellows that sit in front of the plain(sic).”– Pigments Through The Ages All of the Naples colors are favorites of mine but especially Naples Yellow.  I just love it.   It squishes so nicely.  Naples Yellow mixes well with justContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Sunset Yellow”