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Why is green the traditional monster-colour (because it is, isn’t it?)? Is it because it is the perfect combination of alien and organic? The combination appeals to me.

A completely different concept that hit me while writing this post is juxtaposition (which by the way is an amazing word). I have seen “juxtaposition” used to describe when you look at something, then look again and see something else. I am not perfectly sure this is the correct way to use the word, though (see the wiki link for the common definitions). This is also a classic technique to identify being asleep and dreaming, when you play with lucid dreaming (if you look at something twice while dreaming, it will probably change in an “unnatural” way and you can by recognzing this intellectually “wake up” while still dreaming and take control over the dream). Personally, I like to experience this while awake as well, to look outside of the box if you will. Everything is there for you to experience, you just have to look for it properly. I am not sure if this theory/way of thinking has a name, but it certainly has my name on it.

Title: Greendrop monsters
Size: app. 15×5 cms
Equipment: Liquid acrylics, Daler-Rowney. Mixed with old tubes of gouache.
Computer alteration: none
Paper: Green cardboard. Several years ago I bought a lot of cardboard in different colour, as I’d recently begun using soft pastels. I’d still like to play more with that medium.
Notes: Made, as you probably already guessed, by blowing on blobs of paint in different directions. This is commonly called blow painting and some people use straws. I didn’t.
Inspiration: Making these creatures was fun and proves that there is monsters in every drop of paint, if you just care to look for them. I like the shadowplay, the shifts in the greens.

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Important Notice: “Anachroneironaut” is a bloody long name for a blog when you carefully make a header in pseudo-calligraphy and then commence cleaning up the lines in the computer. Just thought I’d inform you of that.


(Current) Header


Pen and ink used to create header

Title: Header, Mabie Todd Blackbird and Burma Road Brown
Size: ca 4 x 15 cm (header).
Equipment: Text: Mabie-Todd Blackbird semi-flex lever-filler with Noodler’s Burma Road Brown. One of my favourite inks at the moment. Ordered it from Goulet Pens, recommended!
Computer alteration: Removal of background and a slight change in colour intensity and brightness/contrast (the scanned header) and heightening of brightness (the photographs). These pictures are an excellent example how different the same ink can look in different circumstances. The header is scanned and the intensity of the colour is heightened a bit. I have made no changes in hue or colour balance! The photograph is taken in natural light (with my digital camera, Casio Ex-H15). Looks like two different inks altogether… The true colour (looking at my own screen anyway) lies somewhere in between and is heavily dependent on the paper and light conditions. But it is definitly a warm colour.
Paper: Same ol’ Seawhite of Brighton.
Inspiration: I started writing down my dreams when I was 11 years old, in a book I got from my aunt. A brown book with a fish on it. Some of the time I had lucid dreams . Over the years I have been more or less good at writing down my dreams and working on lucid dreaming, but I have always had a dreamjournal. A lucid dreamer is sometimes called an Oneironaut – one who walks in dreams. I have a fascination for time-travelling as well as timelessness and times past. To me, an anachronaut is a person who enjoy exploring anachronism.
A fascination that is bigger than either of the above ones is words. I have a slight case of synasthesia and I love the the very concept of putting words together to add to and change the meaning of them. Anachroneironaut is practically impossible to spell, but I couldn’t help it. I had to make it my own. (more…)

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