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The ocean is Dutch Blue. I painted it today.

Inspired by the previous resident of Linda’s house, and the fact that my cats are slowly shredding all the paper maps I have, I’m painting a world map on my living-room wall. I took down the small map I’d had up, overlaid a grid (10 squares down, 16 across; each block is 6″ by 6″), and penciled it up on the wall with the aid of a piece of posterboard. Then I drew on the oval shape of the projection; went to the market; bought paint, brushes. Laid down newspaper. Filled in the whole oval with a rich medium blue, glossy.

Now my living room smells like paint, a good clean (but strong) smell. So I open the front door, the back kitchen door, the kitchen door in between, and let the dusty wind run through my house. My cats and I stay in my bedroom, they because I’m afraid they’ll run out while all the doors are open and me to keep them company.

I’d wanted to paint the continents in blackboard paint, like at Linda’s house, but I haven’t been able to find any yet. Besides with, the blue is darker than I thought it would be, so it might be best to go with bright green (Brilliant Green, it says on the cans). If I were really ambitious, or more artistic, or crazy, I’d try to do it green and tan, for forested and deserty areas. That seems like much more of an undertaking, though, and I’m not sure I’m ready for it. Just straight green would be much safer.

That step’s still in the future, though, waiting for the paint to dry so I can draw the grid, then the shapes of the continents over the Dutch Blue ocean.


Comment from Chris
Time October 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Sounds beautiful! Post pictures?

Comment from Mair
Time October 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

well the Dutch certainly know about oceans. what a felicitous choice.

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