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Art of the Day: Friday January 27, 2012


- by Shelly Bedsaul

This week's theme: The Colour Orange

If you want to know about the colour orange you can Google it. A sample from the Wikipedia article states that "The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585620 nm, and has a hue of 30 in HSV colour space. It is numerically halfway between red and yellow in a gamma-compressed RGB colour space, the expression of which is the RGB colour wheel." If this works for you, great. If not, perhaps an example? If so, you're in the right place as this week's Art of the Day showcases seven excellent examples of the colour orange

Art: Facade by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
Orange is the color of boldness, nasturtiums, flash and fire. Is her mask to hide the shy or is the shy to tone down the bold? Which is the facade? My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom. The substrate is Crescent archival rag board.

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