1. It's amazingly easy to maim yourself or others with art supplies. I'm amazed there aren't more murder mysteries featuring them. Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong part of the library.
2.Actually, it's not really the English botanist's fault. English in general is a crime against linguistics.
3. The glorious wonder before you is the Split-primary color diagram. All primary colors are tinted with one of the other primaries, so you need to include some of them every time you mix a color. It also makes mixing secondary and tertiary colors much, much easier.
4. There is a certain color of purple which is in nearly everything. Faber-castel used to make that purple in a color pencil, but decided to discontinue it for some idiotic reason. When Mervi heard of this, she came down on Faber-castel like a Valkyrie, and got them to not only sell her the entire world supply of them at cost, but to make future runs of the pencil for the program when that runs out. She's also gotten Strathmore by the balls to give us free paper and is working on Kol-i-noor to fix the damn pens.
5. As people age, they start loosing the "Blue" cones in their eyes, and the world starts to look more orange, hence the term "Golden Years". Additonally, whie starts to look yellow, so when old ladies go to get thier hair done, they don't like the yellow they see in the mirror and demand it be dyed white. since it's already white, the stylist's only option is to dye it blue until it appears white again.
Most shadows have a blue tint to them, because blue light has the strongest wavelength and reflects back into shaded areas.
Finally, if you want to make a "Smooth gradation of blue, you have to add exponentially more pigment for every step you want it darker. This is somewhat true of other colors, but it's most pronounced in blue.
6. Actually, I learned this freshman year of college, but I'm on an even more extreme version of the diet now. It's working out well, BTW.
7. "I prefer to draw flowers instead of people, because they're cheaper and hold still."- Georgia O'Keefe.
Plants wilt, tropate (follow the light), sway with random air currents, absorb whatever you're popping them up with, and sometimes grow straight out the window in the time it takes to draw them. And depending on the plant, a model might be cheaper.
8. I might have strange taste in music. One of my favorite albums is Back Tuva Future, featuring Mongolian artist Kongar Ol Ondar. This is Him on David Letterman a few years ago: [link]
. I can't do the throat singing, but I tend to mumble along if I'm not paying attention.