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Week #33
This work was done by Patti Adams this year in New Orleans for the session “Pressurized and Drawn Romans” in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words
In my lifelong obsession with the study of color, I have collected a number of wonderful quotes from creative artists I admire. From Mr. Monet: "Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment". From Mr. Gibran: “Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” But this one from Mr. Chagall is my favorite.

My main challenge was finding the appropriate setting for his wonderful words. In the midst of working to complete a huge stack of Twenty-Six Seeds homework (!), I visited a friend in the hospital. While waiting for the arrival of the elevator to get to her floor, I looked down and found the inspiration I needed! A wonderful star shaped pattern on the tile floor that would feature my color wheel perfectly!

My goal was to lay out the colors precisely as the quote prescribes: adjacents and opposites. The first layer are adjacents; colors which live in harmony with their neighbors.
The second layer are the lovers; opposites above and to the right of each complimentary color of the first layer. The third layer of the wheel is a mixture of those two opposites, mixed with white to illustrate the beauty of their neutrals.

The piece is done on a white, round piece of 24" handmade, deckle-edged Twinrocker paper. The next challenge was setting off the colors and the quote with a color that would magnify their differences, particularly the neutrals. So, I arrived at ivory black. This color was painted around each color and painstakingly (neurotically!?) painted around the hand drawn Romans caps. The white of the words is the white of the paper. They are the negative shapes of the piece. I loved the idea of the quotation having absolutely NO COLOR AT ALL! :)

Thus is the life of the calligrapher: you get a crazy idea and then can't lay down the brush until you find an end. I could title this piece "Four 00 Brushes Die For A Good Cause!"

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