Instinctively, I avoided using both red and blue in today’s morning sketch of my mother’s tin of wooden thread spools. This proves to be an excellent example of the Foolproof Color Scheme I was introduced to in Jane R. Hofstetter’s book 7 Keys to Great Paintings. This remains one of my favorite books to keep me on a path towards better paintings.
The inspiration is my mother’s green tin filled with wooden spools of thread. I found it when clearing out my father’s house last October. For as long as I can remember, thread was kept in this tin, in spite of several other sewing baskets my mother acquired over the years. I recall that it was “much handier than a sewing basket” for keeping track of her collection of thread for mending. The bright stripes are a variation on the bright colored placemats I bought in Avignon several years ago. I think this is the first time I have drawn objects in one cell overlaying another cell. I often allow objects to work their way across the edge of the cell into the non-cell background. After a recent dialogue with DB regarding the disparity of scale on road maps when details of cities are shown, I decided to see how she feels about the presence of two different scales appearing in the space of one cell. Maybe I’ll play with overlaps in a Venn Diagram mode. Hmmmmmm.
Painting: drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor. Arches Watercolor Paper Color Scheme: Foolproof…. Five analogous colors, skip one on each end and include the last three analogous colors on a twelve hue color wheel.