Category Archives: Color

The flowers have come.

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
Hal Borland

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Sometimes ideas go splat?

Or do they?!

I think I can say this phase (the project I am talking about can be followed in my last 2 posts) is not on track. I had all these ideas and the symbolism was pouring out, but visually, I am not sure it quite works. Now does that mean I am throwing the whole project out? No. I am actually not even sure I am tossing this phase of the project, but I wasn’t anticipating how much all this black would jump out. I suppose the two should have opposite color palettes? In my mind, the “Spirituals” were going to be painted in white and the dictators in black, but once the white is laid over the black, the black is still the main subject, not the white… hmm… since this is a project of dichotomies and how we are intertwined within each other: the prevalent darkness in even the most saintly people and the innate humanity in those we vilify, perhaps the confusing colors serve a purpose to stop and think about this great big family. We are probably all quick to see Mother Teresa in our family tree, but who really wants to claim Hitler? Do Mother Teresa and Hitler both live in you?

When I started writing this post, I was thinking this piece would be painted over before sundown, but now I am almost convinced to keep it! Oh- artists!

What do you think?



The Portrait Gallery: Hockney

Ok, if you haven’t been to the Portrait Gallery in a while… you must get to it! First of all, I just discovered a whole new section on the 3rd floor that is very cool. Tall ceilings, the gorgeous European style DC knows so well, and decadent marble floors meet modern art! This week, I want to highlight a few must-sees, or in this case, a “must-experience.”

Up today: David Hockney out of the UK. There is a 9 minute installation piece at the end of the hall on the 3rd floor. If you aren’t paying attention, the piece seems just okay. Many patrons stepped in for a quick look and left before they saw the first vari-lite color change which completely transforms the piece. This installation is like 25 artworks in one if you stay long enough to experience them all. It continues to open and unfold into all kinds of amazing, imaginative things…

I don’t want to give it all away, but here is a pic during just one stage of the light cycle. Be sure to stay for at least 9 minutes to see all the rotations- though I bet you will find yourself questioning if you are back at the beginning and staying longer!

Color Connection!

French post-impressionist, Paul Gauguin, once aptly observed, “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams. Do you pay attention to the color around you? Did you notice the azaleas on your walk to the metro today? Did you appreciate the color the U.S. Capitol Building turns around dusk?
I saw these things around the house today and was so attracted to the patterns they made. I love that some of the items are organic and some are man made; some are roundish and others are made of straight geometric lines. We are always looking for connection. In this case it’s color!

Take note of the color around you today. See if you agree that it is, in fact, the language of dreams. Go ahead, dream.