i took the boys outside today. it was kind of chilly, so i got shirts for them to wear, but they had some trouble getting them on, and finally the sun came around the corner and they got to bask in the lovely spring warmth. then i put all the samples of clothing i’m trying to match at their feet – apron, glove, jeans, workboots, khaki pants, golf shirt, denim shirts.
the first thing i noticed was that all the colors are wrong. and everybody jumped on my case, because i started mixing up more paint, and they all want me to stop now. but that’s not a denim shirt color on the home depot dolphin, it’s too green. and the apron isn’t the same orange. the glove isn’t the right gray, the jeans are bluer, and the workboots aren’t that brown. and the golf shirt isn’t that dark. and the skin tone is both not dark enough and too dark.
the only color that’s correct in daylight are the khaki pants. whoopee.
so i mixed up more denim shirt color – white with a little ultramarine and even littler black, and then more white. two coats, the second much thinner. a coat of this over the jeans. several coats of cadmium orange hue and white, with a little cadmium red light, on the apron. it’s closer, they’re all closer now.
i’m ready to start with the undone details – the drill, paint can, paint, electric cord, and tube of liquid nails. i’ve started with the red of the drill, and will work my way around.
but i’m still not sure what i’m doing with the waves, so i can’t really go too far. i have to decide on that first thing tomorrow.
sorry for the picture quality here. the shirt is closer now, with another coat of mostly blue and black with a little white.
the thing i’m debating now is the base of the mckenney’s dolphin. the pipes are too brown now, and need to go back to black and white gray. i was thinking of the navy’s tendency to paint everything. and the engineer’s tendency to paint everything. and i was thinking what if engineers painted the waves, would they be some shade of gray?
so i’m thinking, what if i paint the waves gray, a really light gray. and made all the rest of the pipes darker grays to black, with putty colored pressure flanges and red accents? would that look funny, and would anybody get it?
feel free to comment, telling me what you’d do as an engineer.