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Color Collecting: The Pantone Project

Tangerine Glass Tiles
Tangerine Glass Tiles in the Studio.

I have been on Instagram since 2013, and I started to notice photos matching objects to Pantone Color Postcards.  This is the only card game I would enjoy playing. I ordered the box of 100 Pantone Postcards awhile ago, because I couldn’t resist a box of color, but I couldn’t bring myself to actually send them through the mail.  The Pantone Project, as it is called, gives me a use for my cards.  There is something satisfying about finding something that matches a card, or in finding the right card to match something that has caught my eye.  Of course I started with orange!

In reading about the history of this project, I discovered the artist who began it, Paul Octavious.



Real-World Hues Meet Their Pantone Partners

Surprise Surprise: Tim Bavington’s Composition in Color

Surprise, Surprise(2003) by Tim Bavington
Surprise, Surprise(2003) by Tim Bavington. Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

I wanted to revisit the Albright-Knox Gallery which I thought I saw in 2007, but it didn’t look familiar at all.  Fortunately, it was a place worth visiting for the first time. This painting is Tim Bavington’s translation into color from the structure of the guitar solo in the Rolling Stones’ tune Surprise, Surprise.  The artist creates connection between musical notes and the color wheel.  Stratoz took this photo at an angle to the painting, and the yellow-orange seems to turn to the camera and stare directly into the lense.


Surprise, Surprise by Tim Bavington at the Albright-Knox in Buffalo, NY.


Tennis Ball Yellow by Eric Minh Swenson, a short film about Bavington’s process, with cool views of his studio.


Umber Mirror by Margaret Almon

U is for Umber: A to Z Challenge 2014

Umber Mirror by Margaret Almon
Umber and Blue Mirror by Margaret Almon, glass, copper smalti, and unglazed ceramic tile, 10×10 inches.


Umber is an earthtone, an earth pigment.  It’s odd how I can hear the names of “raw umber” and “burnt umber” and not realize it meant that one was in its “raw” state, and the other heated, to make a deeper tone.  The outer tiles are Cinca unglazed ceramic from Portugal, and seem formed right out of the earth.

Q is for Quercitron: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Summer Chintz Spread from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Summer Chintz Spread(circa 1830)from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


When I think of drab, I think of dull, but it actually refers to a color scheme made from quercitron dye, which includes shades of yellow, brown, orange and green.  Quercitron was derived from the yellow inner bark of the black oak tree, and an Englishman observed the process in the US in 1785 and took out a patent in Britain, naming it after Quercus(oak) and Citrina(yellow).  The type of mordent used to fix the quercitron dye produced the array of colors.