#137 Hot & Humid
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#137 Hot & Humid was easily inspired:
July 2019 is the hottest month in recorded history
Global warming used to be a phrase I’d pretty much ignore, but no more. It’s really happening, & I feel worse for the animals (from hippos & whales to the tiniest insects & fish) than I do for the humans; after all we caused it. Let’s hope it’s not too late to reverse the damage. Here’s a Newsweek article on the subject.
July 2019 is the hottest month ever recorded, according to accurate, systematic, global thermometer measurements of surface temperatures — that means only since 1880. Still, it’s the hottest July in over 100 years.
Going back further, starting in 1639, with the invention of the rain gauge & evaporimeter, & several years later, the barometer & condensation hygrometer, new instruments made it possible to standardize the recording of meteorological data from place to place. More at earthmagazine.org
Too hot to cool off
It’s so hot — meaning everybody in town is running their a/c at max — that my air conditioner keeps cycling on & off due to lack of power, so to save it from burning out I just turned it off & surrounded myself with a bunch of box fans, table fans, and even a little personal fan. (They are also keeping the place cool for the cats.) Interesting how fans keep us cool: By blowing air around, the fan makes it easier for the air to evaporate sweat from your skin, which is how you eliminate body heat. The more evaporation, the cooler you feel. (A fan alone actually increases room temperature from the heat generated by the motor.)
Concept & design
I’m creating this piece in 100º weather with no air conditioning (reason explained above) so there was no lack of inspiration for the artwork. Sweltering sun, and humidity that causes glass to fog up, lends itself to the very device I used in my teens to learn the art & nuances of hand lettering: drawing on the bathroom mirror right after a steaming hot shower. I used to draw on the mirror, my finger replicating the exact shape of a fully loaded lettering brush or marker, sometimes using the side of my thumb, sometimes using my fingernail, but always producing natural script & handwritten style lettering. I still do that to this day. (Fingerpaint on that slick paper accomplishes the same thing.) That’s where the ampersand came from in #137 Hot & Humid. The rest of the design was inspired simply from the heat & humidity I created it in.
Here, cool off:
Production notes for #137 Hot & Humid:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Block Berthold, Boli
Artwork images: depositphotos.com
Note: “&” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
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