Dove Chocolate Days and What I Think of Cheery Messages on Labels; Oh, and Another View of Richard

November 14, 2014

141031_MulticolorDickBRLeft: Bienfang Watercolor brush (magenta; also red on the collar), Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Montana Acrylic Markers in various colors. (There's that lilac I mixed and love so much.) Dick watching TV while I sketched him on a page in a 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media wirebound journal.

"It's a '10-pieces-of-Dove-Day," I said, fishing three pieces of Dove chocolate out of the container in the refrigerator where I keep them. (I suppose I do this because I think there might be a freshness issue if I don't eat any chocolate for a few days, but we've never discovered that.)

"Do you ever read the wrappers?" Dick asked, as I settled into my chair in the TV room and lined the chocolate blocks up on my thigh. The nubbiness of my sweatpants prevented the foiled chocolate from sliding away.

I shook my head and flattened the wrappers of the blocks I'd just eaten and the one I was currently eating. I flatten the foil and then fold it up before tossing it into the trash.

"'Smile,'" I read off the first label. "F–k you," I tossed off in response to the sentiment.

"'Keep the promises you make to yourself,'" I read. I paused a beat and smirked, "F–k me."

"'Sing along to the music in the elevator,'" I read on the third label. I shrugged as I folded the foils, "F–k everyone else." 

"Maybe we shouldn't have you read these any more," Dick suggested.

"Maybe we shouldn't," I shrugged again and we both laughed. I'd already lost interest in Dove, the wrappers, and the messages.

Note: There are a lot of 10-pieces-of-Dove-Days when you coordinate elder care, and LB won't let you incinerate the individuals who keep chucking obstacles in your way. 

Below: For grins an enlargement of the nose and mouth which I think worked the best, and in which you can see the Magenta Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pen under sketch, the layers of acrylic markers, the white poster paint marker, and the PPBP black ink.


    • Roxane
    • November 14, 2014

    Oh, this is my favorite Roz post to date!

    • Julana
    • November 14, 2014

    I like the lilac, too. Sorry about the bad day. I have those, too, with school special ed staff. I cannot keep a chocolate stash. 🙂
    I guess the amazing images you wreak with these pens are done with values more than color, but I find it hard to perceive that, mentally.

    • Alison A
    • November 14, 2014

    I like it 🙂

  1. Reply

    I completely concur on our response to the wrapper sentiments and love the continuing series of Dick portraits.

  2. Reply

    Roxane, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Reply

    Thanks Julana. I’m glad you like the marker paintings I’ve been doing. They are a great stress reliever!

  4. Reply

    Thanks Alison.

  5. Reply

    Suzanne, thanks for “getting” me and the whole Dove thing. I’ll see you tomorrow!

  6. Reply

    Isn’t it enough that one is addicted to chocolate without them trying to convert you into a new-age ninny! Jeez. I think you could make a series of curmudgeonly stickers to slap on. “Today might be the best you are going to get.” Or “quit looking for wisdom from corporate sellouts.” Dick is a peach of a guy and he obviously knows how to pick a suitable gal.

  7. Reply

    Thanks Jan. Dick got a kick out of your comment too.

    • Julana
    • November 22, 2014

    It isn’t just value; it’s warm and cool color, isn’t it? Reading David Dewey’s _Watercolor Book_…… interesting.

  8. Reply

    Julana, yes there is an interplay of warm and cool colors here, but what I’ve been doing with my markers is throwing out a lot of those normal color theory considerations because I’m not mixing colors I’m using—colors straight out of the marker (I can actually mix colors I want in the marker, but once I have the paint in the marker it doesn’t get mixed in the same way that other paints get mixed on the page—not the way I use the markers).

    When I’m using the markers in this series I’m really just playing with values and ignoring the colors. The colors obviously show up in the final piece, but they aren’t want I’m thinking about.

    When I paint with regular paints (watercolors, gouache, acrylic) and mix colors I usually start with a color plan, a group of paints I know I can use in a particular way (complementary, spilt complementary, a triad, a family of colors) and then I seek to use those paint colors in various mixes that are harmonious to support the whole so that I get a harmonious color effect overall. At the same time, while doing that, I consider the VALUE of each of those mixes used in my piece.

    Here I am picking a marker simply because it has a light or dark value and using it everywhere I see that value regardless of whether or not it is a warm or cool color, and regardless of whether or not it is a harmonious color choice with the other colors I’m using.

    The result can be problematic as this is a difficult thing to pull off, but it is an intriguing puzzle for me that I like fiddling with at the moment.

    Dewey’s book is excellent, I’m glad you are enjoying reading it. I hope you are working along with his exercises as you read.

    • Julana
    • November 22, 2014

    Wow, thank you for clarifying that. So I was right the first time.
    The Dewey is from the library, recommended by Handprint, so too rushed to do the exercises. I think I’ll buy it used, and try them. It’s jam-packed with info.

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