Skip to content

More Miscellaneous Musings

Today Benita and I watched two Agatha Christie movies, Crooked house, and Death on the Nile. Crooked House was excellent and free on Youtube. Glen Close and Jillian Anderson were in it, and it gets high marks.

Death on the Nile was the Kenneth Branagh version, and I’m sad to say it was not as good. Lots of story deviation. AC wrote a great book, and I didn’t see the need to change it around, but there you go. It ticked Benita off and she now has no interest in seeing more Branagh adaptations of Poirot.

I’m still not sure I’m going to fit in with others on World Anvil’s Discord channel. I’m not an aimless chat person, and I only really engage mentally when the conversation gets relevant to me. I’m sure there is some aspect of those message boards where I would fit in, but I haven’t found them yet.

I found out that Barry Windsor Smith was heavily influenced by Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti and some of the women that served as his muses. I can see the draw, because I like this art movement in general. More study is forthcoming, I think.

So, I was under the impression that when you mix complementary colors, you get gray. Apparently this is true, except with watercolors. I’ve mixed blue and orange many times for a vibrant gray, but apparently violet and yellow or green and red are not as good for this. In fact, I just got brown tones or tans. I guess this has to do with subtractive versus additive mediums. (No, I’m not ready to explain this yet.)

Let’s just say colors are weird. As yellow tones down, for example, it turns green. Yellow is the weakest color, just as red is the strongest. Red tends to flatten out, and is not as good for layering. Furthermore, you can’t effectively add white, make pink, and use that for red highlights. You can lighten red with water and that will work, but don’t add white.

So far, my favorite recipes for skin tones are burnt umber plus orange plus white. Shift those color quantities for different skin tones and shades. There are other ways to achieve skin tone, such as red + yellow + blue, but that’s a bit trickier.

If you’ve read this far then you are a nerd. Rejoice in that, and hold it close to your heart. Peace.

Published inBlog