Saturday, February 18, 2012


Vermilion is an opaque orangish red pigment, similar to scarlet, but more orange than red. The first recorded use of vermilion as a color name in English was in the year 1289. So vermilion has a long and colorful history; okay, now you have had your bad pun of the day. In my Penn State architecture student days one of our professors, Big Bob DesMarais used to tell us to always include a bit of this color ... as he said, "For punch!" Professor DesMarais was correct. This is a color that draws the eye and energizes one. I have posted just a few interesting photos in which vermilion plays a part, above and below...

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