Beautiful Artist Bo Bartlett

I adore the work by American realist painter Bo Bartlett.
His work is reminiscent of Wyeth and Grant Wood,
with a wink to Norman Rockwell mixed in.
His art is fresh and it captures America unadorned
subtly revealing some darker truths.

And….The Bo Bartlett Center, a 18,425 square foot
interactive gallery space housed on the River Park
campus of Columbus State University, is designed by
one of my favorite architects Tom Kundig. Great art
all around.
The Innocents, 2013

Daniel’s Daughter, 2010

Open Gate, 2010

School of Charm, 2010

America, 2008

The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University
Designed by Tom Kundig

Beautiful Yellow

Symbolism of the Color Yellow

The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu. Yellow is associated with sunshine,
knowledge, and the flourishing of living creatures, but also with autumn and maturity.
The yellow sun was one of humanity’s most important symbols and was worshiped as
God in many cultures. According to Greek mythology, the sun-god Helios wore a
yellow robe and rode in a golden chariot drawn by four fiery horses across the
heavenly firmament. The radiant yellow light of the sun personified divine wisdom.

Short History of Yellow Pigments

The oldest yellow pigment is yellow ochre, which was amongst the first pigments
used by humans. Egyptians and the ancient world made wide use of the mineral
orpiment for a more brilliant yellow than yellow ochre. In the Middle Ages,
Europeans manufactured lead tin yellow. They later imported Indian yellow and
rediscovered the method for the production of Naples yellow, which was used by
the Egyptians. Modern chemistry led to the creation of many other yellows,
including chrome yellow, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, and cobalt yellow.

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Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Beautiful Blue

A New Energy-Saving Pigment Comes out of the Blue

Just when you think there is nothing new under the sun, discoveries come out of the blue. This was literally the case for scientists who discovered a new blue pigment. Researchers at Oregon State University have patented a blue pigment that is environmentally friendly and nontoxic. This is good news, because many inorganic blues are toxic or cause cancer, such as Prussian blue, cobalt blue, or ultramarine blue.
Read more about here.

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blue parrot
Parrot (yes it’s real) spied in the Portland Saturday Market.
Beautiful creature in stunning blue

Blue Painting by Wassily Kandinsky OSA468
Blue Painting, Wassily Kandinsky

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Il Riccio RestaurantIsland of Capri, Italy

Beautiful Red

There is no denying the power of RED.
Seattle City Hall has these fantastic red doors
that dazzle in sunlight. The first two images are
taken from inside; the third image is an exterior view.
Awesome indeed.
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Symbolism of the Color Red

Red is the color of fire and blood. Hebrew words for blood and red have the same origin: “dm” means red and “dom” means blood. Blood and fire have both positive and negative connotations: bloodshed, aggression, war, and hate are on one side, and love, warmth and compassion on the other side. In ancient Egypt, red was the color of life and of victory. During celebrations, Egyptians would paint their bodies with red ochre. The normal skin tone of Egyptian men was depicted as red, without any negative connotation.

Ancient Greeks associated the bright, luminous red with the male principle. Red was also the color of the Greek gods of war, Phoebus and Ares. In prehistoric cultures, however, red was associated with the female principle. Mother Earth provided the Neolithic peoples with red ochre, which was credited with life-giving powers. The association of the red color with the female principle in Japan survives to the present day.

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Henri Matisse, The Dessert: Harmony in Red, 1908

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Piet Mondrian, Composition Red Yellow Blue, 1919

Short History of Red Pigments

The oldest pigment was probably red ochre, which was used in cave art. The ancient world had red madder lake, artificially-made red lead, and vermilion (natural mineral cinnabar). Artificially-made vermilion was the most prominent red pigment until the manufacture of cadmium red in 1907.