I’ve been busy painting. Once I had bought my color samples I was told that the town wants everyone to paint their storefronts in Victorian colors. I’ve tried to go back and tone down some of my ideas. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve been able to do some scale drawings and paint with house paint to see the mixtures I get. House paint is a tint with color added. When you mix it together it’s like only the base tints are mixing and nothing really happens. Colors are very grayed out. That’s when I bring in expensive acrylics to alter the house paint colors.
|Above is a beginning of the color samples. Below is part of the mural (wrong dimensions) in watercolor, the first coloring.|
|the mural, probably too hard to see but it’s all sketched out, store front and side.|
|Sketch to scale|
|Watercolor of the color samples.|
To figure out the Victorian palette I googled for it, I found a palette pretty similar to what I am using and then went back to Lowe’s where Valspar paint has collaborated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to make historically accurate colors. I picked out the historical colors that matched the Victorian palette I got off the computer and I have been working with combinations to see what I can come up with. I don’t think I like how the Victorian colors are in the mural. It’s still new but I don’t have any blues. I think I will keep the front flat and geometrical and only use the historic colors. Maybe that will be subdue enough to comply with the grant rules. It works well with the mural, I can just add more color on the mural and use the historic colors to tone it down a bit. The thing about Victorian colors is there are lots of eras and colors and it’s really how colors are used together that make them Victorian ( I think). I don’t see how this can be regulated. My usual palette is very consistent, my friend pointed out that all my stuff sort of goes together because it stays so bright. I think that I will just have to keep to what I know for this huge project. People will like it. Mary isn’t worried about qualifying for grants and I think we can still make people happy with a slightly subdued storefront that wraps around to a bright and colorful happy
|Colors from Lowe’s|
I have 6 colors for a Victorian Palette but I wonder if less is more. I might try getting rid of some. I really haven’t found a place for the black and the red is hard to place.
|Color studies for the store front. I used watercolors to try to figure out where to put the colors.|
I really like the colors of the Victorian Palette that I have picked. I am trying to figure out how to put them on the storefront. There are endless possibilities. I have been studying Victorian houses to see how they make the paint combinations. Suggestions welcome. Next to try: yellow sun, outlined in gray, outlined in red, orange background for the rays, red ring, teal oblique ring, gray lower right-hand corner.
|Store front design.The wonderful thing is that Jason knows MCAD and drew out the exact measurements of the store front for me. This is so amazingly helpful. One square equals two feet.|
|A watercolor color study to get the idea of how the Victorian colors would work.|
This is as far as I have gotten, a to scale painting. I first used the Victorian colors, changing out the blues for black and grays but I don’t think it’ll stay. As you can see, I already started adding in brighter colors in the mountains. They are beautiful and I think I will add more. I need to work on the sky gradient, I’ll look at making it more horizontal even though the color source is basically coming from the right. I’m working out how the sun is painted. It will be helpful to have the store front and the mural side by side to plan out a congruent color scheme. I would like more red and I think I should add a golden yellow and a purple to the sun. This sun has lots of shapes in it like a mosaic, I just haven’t found all the places for the colors. I welcome any advice just remember that this is work in progress.
Next I will be doing color studies with the Victorian house paint for the store front. I’ll post soon. Departure date is set for June 12 – return date July 13 on Greyhound from Chapel Hill. It’s a 14 + hour drive but I’m taking a night bus. I’ll buy tickets next week. I really wanted a complete plan for the mural before I had tickets in hand. Also, I talked to Dad today and he’s going to try to sail and meet me at Erie, PA which is maybe an hour North of Oil City. Things could work out just as I hoped. If that happens he says he’ll rent a car and come and see my mural.