Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Code Blue

I was reading earlier today about American hyrdogen bomb tests in the 1950s. They weren't always sure that the bomb wouldn't consume all the oxygen in the atmosphere, but went ahead anyway in that happy-go-lucky fashion that the military have. So you would think that the stuff inside the hydrogen bomb was the most powerful substance available to mankind.

I am here to tell you that it is not.

The most powerful, tenacious and insidious substance in the physical world is phthalo blue. It can turn an entire painting a shade of strong greenish blue simply by being present in the same room. It cannot be diluted with any other known pigment. Not only that but it transmits itself via your face and forehead to the soles of your shoes, your elbows (it can flow uphill), your laptop keyboard, objects outside that never come into the house, neighbours' pets and migrating animals.

Be careful, is all I'm saying.

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