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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

#6: "Happy Hostas", watercolor, 8" x 6"

Today I went to Daniel Smith's paint factory for a tour. It was really interesting to see how paint is made. It has been done the same way for hundreds of years, though DS has added a few modern devices. (No one was sitting around grinding and mixing by hand. However, the labels on DS's paints are still put on by hand!) We saw a number of very beautiful new paint colors. Serpentine Green really caught my eye, so I had to buy it and run right home and try it. I usually mix my own greens, but this one seemed special. Therefore....Happy Hostas is the Ray for Today. 

1 comment:

Deborah said...

Hi Phyllis!

I met you the other day at the Daniel Smith Store in Bellevue, Katherine (the store manager) introduced us. Today she mentioned your blog in an email, and so reminding me. I thought I'd follow up to your earlier invitation and check it out.

Your "Ray a Day" paintings and stories about them are wonderful!

Shadow in the window of your Dads "Enchanted Cottage", the bouquet of Tootsie Pops and others...delightful!

These "Happy Hostas" too, which remind me of certain paintings by Mattise with large philodendron leaves in's the greens and blacks and "drawing" with the paint.

I was also at the tour of the Daniel Smith manufacturing facility (to write a blog post about it) and I'm sorry that I did not get a chance to meet you then...but nice to meet you now!

Nice work on your blog Phyllis!