American artist Carol Carter works in commonplace watercolor, but her paintings look very unusual. Carol does not use a white background, a large amount of “air” and other standard techniques of watercolorists. Her work is juicy, vibrant, almost “electric”.
Carter’s main trick is to transmit the sun’s rays directly into the viewer’s eyes. And really, when you look at her paintings you just want to squint. These works make a double impression: all the objects on them are at rest, but at the same time they seem to boil from the inside, as if they are now going to shatter into small pieces with colorful fireworks. Carol says that during work she is carried away into some other space and forgets the real world. Continue reading
Red pigment is obtained due to high iron oxide red earth. For thousands of years, a bright red dye has been extracted from cochineal: to obtain 100 grams of pigment, about 14 thousand of these frayed insects were needed. They were collected from grass of a certain species or from a cactus.
With great difficulty, a purple dye was also obtained. It was obtained from the glands of the murex mollusk: for the sake of 100 grams of purple 100 thousand mollusks parted with life. Curiously, for humans, red is a danger sign, while most animals do not distinguish it at all. Birds are well seen in the red spectrum and, perhaps, therefore, flock to red fruits. Continue reading