Interiors


In the early 70’s I rented an apartment near Cleveland Circle in Boston.

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The kitchen was narrow with high ceilings. A large window allowed the morning sunlight to pour past the potted herbs onto the glass doors of the cupboards, the counters and the floor.  The night I painted the walls bright orange and the cupboards fire engine red, I dropped into bed with a migraine.  I thought it was from the colors I’d chosen in too small a room.  Most likely, it was from the fumes.

Next morning, I awoke to the most cheerful kitchen I’d ever experienced.  The following year, I moved to a studio/loft space where I repeated the red and orange interior decor wherever possible … the bathroom I constructed and the one wall that wasn’t brick.  The memories of those days flooded back to me while painting this morning’s drawing, a sketch of Mike’s kitchen in Mountain View last month.  I threw the die and came up with the color scheme Analogous with One Complement.  The dominant color was to be orange/yellow.  As I remembered the effect of the fire engine red paint, my orange/yellow counter top became more of a red/orange.

Artist Trading Card – Morning Sketch: Sliced Apple, drawn in ink with fountain pen, followed (weeks later) with watercolor.

Here are a few photos of the monochromatic wall mural in progress:

Monochromatic Dining Room Wall Mural

Left corner of wall mural

Close up of trees

We hope to finish on Wednesday.

Dining Room Wall Mural: painted in latex paint

Using a pair of near complements works well for a quick sketchbook drawing.

View of Blast Furnaces through the windows.

The blast furnaces as seen through the windows of the SteelStacks cabaret are far more impressive than I’ve shown in this sketch.  One of these days I’ll focus my attention just on these metal giants that look like an ocean liner docked on the outskirts of Bethlehem, PA.

I started with a simple line drawing using a dip pen in Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses ink.  I added a wash of slightly toned down cadmium orange on the blast furnaces, allowing the ink to bleed into the wash.  The final touch was a pale wash of dioxazine Purple, again allowing the ink to bleed.

Because the ink has such a red tone to it, the resulting colors appear to be more an extended analogous color scheme than near complements.  The only watercolor hues I used were Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple.  The purple was my cool color that was warmed by the ink bleed.

 

I never mind when my friends sleep longer than I do.  It allows me extra time to draw in the morning while sipping a cup of coffee and gathering my thoughts for the day.

Morning After the Birthday Party

For this little morning painting I did not play The Color Scheme Game.  What I’m finding is that even when I don’t throw the die, I choose my colors more carefully than I did prior to my daily practice of playing the game.  My eyes are seeing color schemes in the landscape as well as everywhere else around me.  I find I am using color to direct and redirect attention in a way I have not done before, by choice rather than by luck.

The Narcissus was just starting to bloom.  I regret that I didn’t paint the Narcissus on my last day in Portland when it was in full bloom.

Morning After the Birthday Party, Portland, Maine – drawn first with fountain pen filled with black ink on d’Arches watercolor paper followed by watercolor.

While the musicians set up for the Blues Jam at the Raven’s Nest on Wednesday night, I sketched the piano in the corner.

Table with Flowers and Piano in the Corner

Turned out to be a double complementary color scheme: Purple / Yellow and Blue / Orange, the Purple / Yellow being dominant and the Blue / Orange acting as supporting actors.

The Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses add such a lovely touch of color as it bleeds into the watercolor. I enjoyed the reflections in the table as well as the reflection of the framed drawing in the front panel of the piano.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with dip pen and ink followed by watercolor.

While waiting for our salads to arrive, I quickly sketched Sue’s Special Coffee Drink, coffee, Tia Maria and whipped cream.

Sue's Special Coffee Drink

The dominant colors in this analogous color scheme are red, orange and yellow, all other colors are neutrals.  A touch of blue gives a bit of relief to the overall warm palette.

sketch: drawn first with fountain pen filled with a mix of red and black Noodler’s ink, followed by washes of watercolor added later …. the salads arrived before I could add color to the ink drawing.