The Colour Out of Space
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
It’s Wednesday. We’re halfway through the week, so let’s have something creepy and beautiful, shall we?
The Colour Out of Space is a wonderfully creepy Lovecraft story about the things most Lovecraft stories are about, things beyond understanding that destroy the mind and body of those who come into contact with them. In this case, I used a base of black paper and layered on several shades of green, then added a splash of Iridescent Scarab red in one corner. It’s added a strange sheen to the mix of greens, which looks green in some lights, red in others, and apparently golden to my scanner.
My favorite little detail on this piece is the upper right-hand corner, which looks to me like a turned-down page marking some unknowable story.
This is one of those pieces that really shines in person, and would add a little big of beautiful mystery to a corner of your house. Or possibly cause you to slowly go insane as the alien secrets of some ancient god creep into your brain.
One of those.
The Colour Out of Space, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.
Above, you can see the duochrome paint as a splash of rusty red like old blood in one corner, creeping over the bright greens. Below, you can see it in a frame for size.