early flowers

March 30 – morning snow shower – temperatures just above freezing.

Watching Werner Herzog’s “Happy People: A Year on the Taiga” over the weekend gave me a whole new appreciation for spring snow.

dwarf siberian iris

dwarf siberian iris

crocus

crocus

magentafest

I got carried away with magenta. The whole painting is disturbingly bright. But crops of it are very pleasant. As a child, I was fascinated with magenta, the word and the color. It seemed rare and unusual, so I still feel surprised that it has a prominent place in the CMYK model. I looked up the name – it was named in celebration of the Battle of Magenta, to celebrate a victory of the French and Sardinian army on June 4, 1859, near the Italian town of that name.

Magenta 1

Magenta 1

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Magenta 2

Magenta 2

Magenta 3

Magenta 1

Magenta 4

sky skin

Taking photos of the sky at night. Low clouds reflect ground light in different ways. It is hard to capture in the photos, but there is a range of moody, moving colors. I feel them almost more than I see them.

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unity in green

From the lesson focusing on unity (in color)

lesson7 unity in greens

lesson7 unity in greens

The thrill of painting stripes, in a variety of greens. There is some mystique about green, that it is hard to learn about, hard to use. I blunder in like a beginner.