Today I had the pleasure of making genuine ultramarine blue oil paint. The pigment, powdered lapis lazuli, creates one of the most sought after blue paints in all of art history. It is a paint that Vermeer used extensively.
While I’m not going to share the paint (it’s expensive!), I will share these nearly pornographic photos of the the paint-making process.
Photo of me in my half-assed Van Gogh costume by my good friend Joey L from his Halloween in Brooklyn series (he shoots at a bajillion megapixels so you can see my bloodshot eye in all its ‘forgot-to-take-the-contacts-out’ glory). This is nothing though, the OTHER portraits in the series…. hot damn, they’re so excruciatingly awesome, you’ve gotta go check them out — they’re of REAL people — not synthetic losers like me.