When we’re driving in a car, we often play a game called “Name That Color”.
Here’s how you play: You see an interesting color out the window and you have to analyze which pigments in an artist’s palette you would mix together to make that color. The other person playing has to agree, or suggest a different pigment to make that color. Everybody wins!
For example: The sky in the painting “Late in the Day” was based on colors of the sky we saw in Jamestown, Rhode Island during the Summer of 2014. The upper sky is made of white, cobalt blue, and pthalo blue. The lower sky consists of cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, and white.
Books are an important source of inspiration. Neil Gaiman (one of our favorite authors) even said:
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
We just wanted to share with you a couple books that we have read, or that we are planning to read. A few are there as general reference we use when thinking about ideas for paintings, such as Carl Jung’s “Man and his Symbols”. While others are there to help guide us in mindful living (Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Present Moment, Wonderful Moment”). “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” was recently read by Julia and she only has wonderful things to say about it. How can you not love a book about books and bookstores?
What book has been in your hands lately? We always love a good read and a good referral!