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E is for Earthtones: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.
Stratoz doodling to Benny Green with gray and green Prismacolors.

Earthtones rise out of browns and grays and can be muted or intense.  When I was 10, I  came across a Sears catalog from 1972, and the shades of rust, brown, and orange created a world different than my own. This was the first time I realized an era had a look of its own. Pigments made with earth elements have been around a long time: ochre, sienna, burnt umber, but dictionaries attribute the actual term “earthtones”  to the 1970’s.

Earthtones at Nutmeg Designs.
Earthtones at Nutmeg Designs. Left top and bottom mosaics by Margaret Almon. Right top and bottom, stained glass by Wayne Stratz.

 

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