On a recent trip to the art store, I added a new watercolor tube to my collection. Some colors you cannot mix, since they are too intense. That is the case with Winsor Orange Red Shade, which was nearly fluorescent orange in the store.
I had to play with it right when I got home. I also picked up a new nib tool for masking fluid. So far it works very well! I love making these marks. I’ll have to do a series in the near future.
The urge to make marks came out in Color Study #45: Parking Entry on Broad Street. I’ve never included marks (besides palette scrapings), but it seems suitable.
During a lunchtime walk with my favorite coworker, we checked out the new Lenfest Plaza next to Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. They installed these wonderfully deep and long serpentine curved wood slat benches, and of course “The Paint Torch” by Claes Oldenburg. I’m still deciding how I feel about the paintbrush, but it is an act of physics for it to be freestanding at such a steep angle.
Walking back to work, we passed by a lined entryway into a parking garage that had bright greenish yellow and blue paint. Coincidentally, it included the exact same shades as a skein of yarn I gifted to my friend Lisa on her birthday recently.
As you can see, I was inspired by the brightness and pulled out my inks for the brilliance factor.
Talk about bright! The 80s are truly back, and I can’t say that I’m disliking this fact! Somehow, I don’t think I’m alone in this enthusiasm.