Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Daisies Don't Last As Long As HP's 4 in 1
I bought them last Friday. It's Tuesday and they're dying. Gerber daisies don't last long. It was a shame work got in the way. I would have liked another go at them.
Not to worry, I find dried, dead flowers fascinating-- no doubt the macabre side of my personality, the part of me that loves horror films. In this watercolour in progress, they're not quite dead, just gasping for breath. But the red is losing it's brilliance fast and dropping to brown--a color that runs through the American Indian vase I bought in a barn in Colorado. The petals are quickly turning the color of the checks on the box I'm using as a pedestal.
I set up the still life in front of a painting of mine and immediately lost interest in the flowers. The play of patterns became the subject--painted flowers, dying flowers, checks. Patterns.
I'm still using the cheap paper. No time to run out for a higher grade. I was busy working on my kitchen elevations drawing crown moulding and worrying about how much money I was adding to the project--but the look was coming out so fine...I had to walk away to rethink my design's practicality. I don't want to break the bank.
I didn't have to walk far--just across the room to my eleven years old, HP 7100 series, four-in-one office jet printer where I installed the new color heads I'd ordered. Then I made some color test copies. Then I sent a fax of my kitchen to my shop manager. It was the accomplishment of the day. Instead of buying the junky printers they're selling at Best Buy, I refurbished a better made machine just by putting in new color heads. I felt very proud for being economical, protecting the environment, and not giving in to the ways of our throw away society. I rewarded myself by taking the afternoon off to paint what you see. I'm still going dark too soon. It's my preference for strong contrast. I may have to do some masking to subdue the background?