Sunday, May 24, 2015

365 Project - Day 144 - "Red and Blue and Blue and Red"


May 24, 2015 - "Red and Blue and Blue and Red"

My brother Peter had this thing about "Red and Blue". It was his favorite color combination, because when the right shade of Red is placed next to the right shade of Blue, it plays a little trick with your eyes - creating the illusion of movement.

When he and I used to work together he would constantly bug me about the whole "Red and Blue" thing. He'd hold up a piece of Red mat board next to a piece of Blue mat board and shove them in my face and say "Can't you see it moving!?!"...

This happened so often that eventually I snapped and said "OF COURSE IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S FU@#ING MOVING - YOU'RE WAVING THE DAMN THINGS BACK-AND-FORTH IN FRONT OF MY FU@#ING FACE!".

And so it was no surprise that when he finally opened his own picture framing shop, "Red and Blue" was the theme. The designs for his shop's logo and sign were "Red and Blue". The stickers he'd put on the back of each frame job he did were "Red and Blue". The main table in the gallery, where he'd work with the customers, he painted himself - "Red and Blue". The tape measure he used for decades had a Blue star on a Red background taped to it's side. The legs of his drafting table were painted Blue - while the handle of some of his tools were Red. He even somehow managed to find a cordless phone that was "Red and Blue".

Then there were the panels that hung on the walls to display the countless frame corner samples that he had. He made them by wrapping sheets of plywood with fabric and, you guessed it - they were all either "Red" or "Blue".

The sign is down... and now resides at my brother Kenny's house to be hung on his deck. The boxes of stickers for the backs of the frame jobs now rest in a box beside me. The main table from the gallery now sits in my dining room, mere inches from where I sit as I type this. The tape measure has found it's home beside me on my computer table. His drafting table has returned to his home... as have his tools and other "Red and Blue" items, including the phone. And those panels are down now... and have been removed from the shop to be recycled. They are the subject of today's photo. Just a small piece of my brother's love for "Red and Blue".

Look at it closely... "Can't you see it moving!?!"

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