The first thing I wanted to do with this re-working of the John Alexander and Thomas Roberts print was to "queer" the colors. A friend on Flickr commented that she thought the red (pink) and blue I used on the first version spoke of gender, which I can see. But to me it read as all-American, red white and blue.
It made me think about what "queer" colors would be. I used to be assistant art director at a weekly magazine called PC Week and the editors there consistently vetoed any graphics that didn't use "business colors." Business colors consisted of dark to medium blues, dark or teal greens, deep indigo, and reds if they were deep and cranberry. All pastels were refused as were lavender, orange, pink and yellowish greens. To me the term "business colors" was always code for "manly colors" and I figured that pastels, lavender, orange, pink and yellowish greens were "queer colors."
So I'm going queer with these colors. I started with a lavender tinted blue under the cloud:
Added some pink and orange:
And then laid down a yellow-green background:
I think this looks pretty queer so far.