Sunday, March 20, 2005


I was thinking about different words for green...


Not a shade I had heard of, but then you expect house paint to mess with the nomenclature.

Elsewhere, names for colours may be of concern. With your pencils :
There seems to have been a conscious decision to get away from old Derwent names, and many pencils are named after the pigments they contain - lots of Azo/Diazo, Anthracene and Phthalo based names for example. I like this - Grass green was never the colour of grass anyway, and this may encourage artists to have no preconceptions about colours and use them more freely. As an ex-chemist I am also in favour of more scientific nomenclature! But this will mean some learning has to take place.

and your pigments
A few instances may serve to illustrate the present state of chaos. Leaf green, sap green, and olive green are names from commercially available color boxes. They tell us nothing about the materials from which these colors may be made. Sap green can be made from green plant juices or from coal-tar dyes. But leaf green is not made from leaves, nor is olive green made from olives. Malachite, on the other hand, ia actually made from the well-known gem stone. Ivory black has, in recent times, rarely been made from ivory nor vine black from dried vines
Several names have disappeared because the colors have become obsolete. Few painters now use mummy, mauve, or stil de grain. The later, an impermanent lake made from buckthorn berries, is sometimes still found in French pastel boxes

Anyway - if we're talking viridity, I still like the sound of : British Racing Green

Comments: greens

Fuck all that antiquated scribbling, daubing and PMS colour chart shit, you need to get with the neu techno girlfriend, know what I'm saying?
Posted by Nabakov at March 20, 2005 11:51 PM

...definitely something to chew on there...
Posted by dave at March 21, 2005 09:28 AM

I've pencilled that splendid address in.

Have you seen the Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club?

I read it and wrote in longhand for months just before discovering the internet.
(Gratuitous joke - much sound thinking in the call to simpler technology, data overload and signal to noise ratios etc)
Posted by boynton at March 21, 2005 12:21 PM

er - the book:
Posted by boynton at March 21, 2005 01:01 PM

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