I began watercolour painting in the Seventies but my business career took off and demanded a lot of my time. Consequently, my painting was put on the back burner, so to speak.
Now, in retirement, I have taken it up again with the aim to persuade the viewer to use one’s imagination to make new associations with colour around the images.
Some of my paintings are clearly discernable. I love the way colour uplifts and use as much of it as I can.
My Limited Edition Giclee prints are produced using archival inks and papers exceeding a conservation rating of Blue Wool Scale 7.
The Blue Wool Scale measures and calibrates the permanence of colouring dyes. Traditionally this test was developed for the textile industry, but it was later adopted by the printing industry as a measure of lightfastness for ink colourants. Light fastness tests, using the Blue Wool scale as a reference, are carried out using a Xenon arc lamp as a light source. Light from the Xenon lamp has the nearest artificial wavelength distribution to that of the sun.
The Blue Wool scale, of 1 to 8, uses samples of wool dyed with 8 different blue pigments each of which fade after different exposure times: 1 being the least resistant and 8 being the highest. The test simply compares which blue pigment fades at the same time as the ink sample on test. The ink is then allocated that number on the Blue Wool Scale.
Generally the time the ink takes to fade depends where in the world you are. A dull climate will be very different to a desert exposure in Africa. In addition the film weight of the ink applied can make a difference, as does the degree of white pigment within a given formulation.