Friday, November 29, 2013

Sale - 25% Off in my Etsy Shop!

Come join me!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Color Inspiration for your 'Make it' gifts

I thought I would share a few color palettes to get your creative juices flowing during this holiday season. You can also see these palettes and more on my Pinterest page: Color Inspiration
Please REPIN the ones you like!

For more color Inspiration including projects that I worked up with the color palettes:
Take a peek into Artful Color for Creative Projects.

Let me know what you create (send me photos!)

PSSST: There's a Holiday Sale going on in my ETSY SHOP!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Playful Poppies

Poppies in Grass

Sunrise Through the Poppies

Poppies in Spring

Playing with color and texture in my poppy series.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weekend Painting


Painting in a sun filled room and dancing with my music! Is there anything more fun?!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Step-by-Step Color Evolution

Come take a peek at how the color evolved in this abstract painting!

I've been having fun with abstract art - admiring the way colors dance and play off of each other. And marveling in the freedom to paint over, to alter the look and feel with just small dabs of paint here and there.

I often get asked how I pull colors together and my usual answer is to simply play, then figure out what is and what isn't working! On this painting, I started with a complementary palette of red-orange and blue-green geometric swatches and thought I would share the last few steps I took to pull the colors together:

 I liked the basic colors and design, but felt that the composition was spotty - the contrast between dark red-orange and light teal too great.

So I painted over some of the red with more teal, added some dark teal accents as well as some drips of rust to help pull the teal and red-orange together.

A bit of white here and there helped draw the eye in a circle around the painting.

 I felt that the colors worked better with each other, however still too much emphasis on the dominant red-orange.

So I painted over more of the red, softened the white with a bit of rust and added drip lines of teal to better link the squares and make the geometric aspect a bit more obscure.

'Copper Age'

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Converting my Book

 Sample page spread - in works

 Sample page spread - completed!

The process of converting a book from one format to another isn't for the faint of heart.

The creative part is over, the fun of watching color palettes come together is a thing of the past.
Now it is all just hard work, hours upon hours:
  • Converting every photo (and there are more than 350!) from RGB color space to CMYK
  • Resizing pages for print (instead of eReader style)
  • Resizing fonts
  • Repositioning photos and descriptions to fit into the new format and still look luscious.
  • Redesign the cover to include a spine and back
But I'm almost there!
Only a handful of pages left, then off to an editor, then off to the printer!

I hope to usher in my new book with the new year

I'll keep you informed!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Don't Overlook the Small Things

Tiny pieces of red beach glass don't seem like much laying on the beach, but when piled together make a splash of color!

Friday, November 1, 2013

More Colorful with Age

Don't you LOVE this woman's hands?!

'More Colorful with Age'
Traveling across the Port Townsend ferry (in Washington state) I saw an older woman vibrant with color and creative energy. I asked her if I could take a picture of her hands which were a testament to the beauty she surrounded herself with.

The words came to me when I finally realized that the older we become, the more our true colors show through and hopefully we too are comfortable displaying them to the world!

In my new Etsy shop