For my next exploration on The Line, I dug through my watercolor paints and found a few common colors. Then, I set out on an adventure to capture these hues in the natural world. The following are my discoveries:
Crimson Red is common enough in the fall. Many leaves turn blood red before falling to the ground below and there are some seasonal flowers and bushes that begin to blush as the weather gets colder, but I wanted to find something different from your common leaf or flower. These berries grow everywhere on campus, and I happened to find some during my explorations of The Line.
My next color was Lemon Yellow. This color doesn’t seem natural in nature– well besides lemons of course– but I was able to find many yellow leaves scattered along The Line today. What a beautiful seasoning to the fall landscape.
Sap Green was my next (not so much) challenge. Green is everywhere in nature– even during fall! Here, I found the perfect shade of bright green to match my sappy watercolor hue.
Despite all of the dead plants that have withered into a deep brown over the last month, I was surprisingly able to find a decent shade of grass to match my Viridian watercolor.
Browns are easier to find in this weather. Everywhere we look, there seems to be withered plant life, scattered by the millions throughout the line. I was able to find acorns that matched both my yellow ochre and burnt sienna, as well as some dying helicopter plants.
My biggest challenge was ultramarine. I knew that there was very little chance of finding a natural blue as bright as ultramarine, but I was lucky enough to find some chairs outside of Ade Dining Hall that fit perfectly with my constructed watercolor tube,
I found this exploration to be very fun and engaging. It was interesting to see how even the bright and seemingly unnatural colors that we find in our art kits, also exist in the physical world around us. I spent the whole morning with my paints, running to different parts of the line and attempting to match them. Next time I’m doing a painting at Alfred, I’ll be able to remember which colors are around me.