Kerry James Marshall along with 10+ other contemporary artists have transformed the palette, content and intention behind my personal work and professional work since 2011. Color is very powerful and KJM addresses his choice of colors in his mural at SFMOMA. He chooses bright blues, cherry blossom pinks and spring greens to lure the audience into the mural based off of historic landmarks Monticello and Mount Vernon who’s founding fathers were acutally slave owners. If you look closely the landscaping has african portraits createing the shrubbery and african heads as the dots for the dot to dots. The painting “Voyager” has the similar concept of using color to spark interest and then seeing the imagery of skulls, numbers, stars revealing there is more to the story.
In my color study of KJM Voyager using watercolors, I estimated the amounts of Red, Green, Blue of these three swatches. I was excited to see mostly pigment can intensify the color to appear black next to others and dilluting the the other to pigments with mostly water can achieve swatches similar to KJM. I look forward to using this technology to assist my palette in watercolor, acrylic + oil.