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