WHITE, "For those colors which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground."   Leonardo Da Vinci
The Dutch artist Jan Vermeer even made some of his luminescent white with a receipt that included alabaster and quartz - in lumps that took the light reflected into the painting and made it dance.   Medieval and Renaissance Treaties on the Art of Painting, Merrifield. Madder, a small bush with a pink root, rich orange red, Rubia tinctorium. Rose madder possibly found in Turkey.   Do BAG .....Harold Boehmer, German Chemist.
COLOR, A natural history of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay

    "The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece"
by John Harr, Ramdon House $24.95

Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis, 1954
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers
The genre of writing about reading, books on books, ....

    Master and Commander, movie
    The story about Dan Brown
Benjamin Franklin, An American Life by Walter Isaacson
- wry humor -
The great American philosopher Immanuel Kant called B. Franklin the "new Prometheus" for stealing the fire of heaven,...lightning.
A pencil can write 45,000 words! The typical pencil can draw a line 35 miles long! This scenic designer will go through a hundred No.2 Pencils in one year, sketching and drafting for the stage.
Fibonacci Numbers