Seven Hues for Subtle and Arcane Endeavors

#61 – Tuesday May 15th

The devil is in the details. The origins of this idiom have been attributed to several folks, most notably the writer Gustave Flaubert, art critic  Aby Warburg, and the architect Mies van der Rohe, and this week, it’s been the mantra for my efforts in the studio.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve repainted these three figures, the red, blue and brown, (although those simple monikers don’t do the hues justice).  Van Dyke Brown, Colbalt Violet, Naphthol Red Light, Transparent Brown Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Anthraquinone Blue, Titanium White, and graphite combined, layered, and washed, one pigment on another, scraped, sanded then done again. It seems such a subtle and arcane endeavor but absolutely essential and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our little heat seeking four-legged missile, known as Molly Teardrop, is 16 months old today. Molly has an innate need to be up high, and here she is, gingerly picking her way along a downed tree, for an audience of five (including Alta Bear who is not as impressed nor entertained, as we were).

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