According to Wikipedia-A fugitive is a person who is fleeing from custody. This is also a term used for paint. “A fugitive color is a pigment that, when exposed to certain environmental conditions such as sunlight, humidity, temperature or even pollution, is less permanent. Over time the color can change, lighten, darken or even almost disappear. Basically think of fugitive colors as temporary.” Says Birgit from the website below. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/medium/what-is-fugitive-color-watercolor-painting-tips-from-birgit-oconnor
I have been thinking about this because I have been painting crab apple trees in bloom. I use PERMANENT Alizarin Crimson, PERMANENT Rose and Perylene Maroon. Some folks I know use a bright pink called Opera. You can see the color here- http://www.cheapjoes.com/holbein-artists-watercolor-opera-15-ml.html It is almost neon and as I suspected it is fugitive. So if I use it I will have to get digital copies of my work and not be able to sell the original as the color will probably fade – even if it is behind museum quality glass.
The green and yellow one is done by placing leaves on the paper and pouring paint around/over it and allowing it to dry. This will be the beginning of some cool plant painting. Until next week- Peace- Bec