Charleston is on the border of the temperate zone and the subtropical zone. It is this that gives Charleston its lush exotic garden atmophere. To go along with the lush flowers and trees, we have a fabulous range of insect beasties. Bigguns, littluns,disgusting,rank,disease carrying Bugs. If you come to Charleston and purchase a plein air painting, theys probably bugs in them thar pigments. Yeeesh. You see plein air artists everywhere down here and as they give that one stroke per brushload, they’re thinking about sending that gnat near their ear into oblivion. It’s the artist in them. Or something.
Yellow paint. It drives the bugs wild. They cannot resist this Le Continental of colors. For those many who leave their mark on your work, there is only one solution. Let the painting dry, and after that whisk the dead bugs off, repainting the bug imprint left behind. Same goes for dirt and bits of leaf. Now you know.