New color, good cause

April 9, 2012

Area artists can now add a new color to their palettes. It’s called Skink Tail Blue (a “a medium blue in the cerulean family”), and it was created by Caleb Weintraub, assistant professor in the Hope School of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Weintraub worked with Pygmalion’s Art Supplies, a Bloomington art supply store,  to create the new oil color.

Named after a small lizard that starts out sporting an electric blue tail, sales of Skink Tail Blue will raise money for the visiting artist lecture fund at Indiana University Bloomington. The lecture series supports artists in all mediums who lecture, visit with students, and give workshops and demonstrations. The lectures and workshops are open the public and are free of charge.

This is the third year the art supply store in Bloomington has asked an artist to create a color. Alice Pink and Kiki Cool Yellow, named after the resident store cats, helped raise more than $3,500 for the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

After mixing between 30 to 40 blues, Weintraub and Pygmalion’s owner John Wilson agreed on Skink Tail Blue.  After purchasing a tube of the paint, artists are encouraged to use the color in a piece for Pygmalion’s one-night art show on this Friday, April 13. Prizes will be awarded. The public is encouraged to attend the art show and show its support for the lizard-inspired color.

“Skink Tail Blue is a color and a medium, but don’t let those limit you,” says store owner Wilson. “It can be used any way you want.”

When Weintraub isn’t mixing paint for a good cause, he is busy creating provocative canvases and 3-D works of art. Known for his surreal paintings meditating on a macabre future, Weintraub says that he hopes “to restore to painting what I have always found to be its essential power–the ability to explore emotion by applying internal observations to external realities, to use manipulations of palette, mark, and expression to make remarkable the unremarkable and to insert humanity where none exists.”

See more on Weintraub’s paintings here: http://issuu.com/iurca/docs/rca_spring10_1-52/27

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