Lately, almost all of my dreams seem to have something to do with the colors of red and blue. This has been the case for awhile. I've dreamed of red and blue beverages, red and blue crystals, and last night I dreamed that I was crushing blueberries into a blanket to give it a blue stain. Someimes the dreams seem to point to blue as a direction to go in and other times it seems as if I'm supposed to seek a balance between the red and blue. I also think that perhaps blue may mean interior to red as exterior.
Recently I went searching for information on the grisaille painting technique of laying down a monochromatic underpainting. There seemed to me to be surprisingly little information around. Actually there seems to be very little information about painting in general, but that's another story. I finally found a technical video rental company which had in stock a DVD of a demonstration, by Johnnie Liliedahl, showing the grisaille technique, using Waterhouse's "The Lady of Shalott". The material is comprised of two discs and some text material. Interestingly it is mentioned in the text that oil paint becomes translucent in time, regardless of how thickly it is applied.
I have yet to view the entire demonstration, but so far it is very well done.
From San Diego to Vancouver, 100 Artists of the West Coast II covers 100 artists with over 400 full color photographs of their work. The collection includes art from private as well as public collections and installations, including the collections of LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the New York Public Library to name just a few. I'm happy to be included.