March 21, 2012 § 3 Comments
March 21, 2012
We recently received an update from Chip Fesko; a previous contributor to our Blog and an Artist from Newport Beach, California. His prominence as Senior Director of Advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation is heavy duty. It is impressive–there must be lots of people vying for that position. He writes well– obviously he got that position at the Lucas Foundation because of his talent. Some of you may remember that he was first featured on our Blog on February 5th, 2010. The color of the year back then was Turquoise and Chip had just completed one of his abstract water colors of painting 10,000 – QUARTER INCH squares of Turquoise.
In addition to Chip’s abstract painting, he continues with his watercolors of TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA and it was his painting of a CATTLE EGRET against a HONEYSUCKLE SKY that reconnected us with Chip again since 2010 … certainly, another nice coincidence for our 2012 chosen COLOR OF THE YEAR – HONEYSUCKLE .
He finds inspiration for color on the smallest scale (pixels) to grandest scale (The Big Bang) and pretty much everything in between.
His different art styles are unique, yet pleasing, intellectually deep, yet simple. Although he is, as yet, an unknown talent, we appreciate Chip reaching out to us and sharing his work!
Below are samples of his TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA series that were on exhibit at the Newport Beach City Hall for 3 months and also featured in the Australia Art Magazine – ART RUSH.
CATTLE EGRET – HONEY SUCKLE SKY
IF ONE CAN – TOUCAN
ABSTRACT SERIES OF 10,000 = QUARTER INCH SQUARES PER WATERCOLOR SHEET
In addition to his Bird Series, it is Chip’s goal to paint 100,000 quarter inch squares – with 10,000 squares per sheet – and 10 Sheets. Each painting is based on a grand scale, yet represents its subject on the smallest level with each individual square, hand painted but looking like a digital pixel. The most amazing element to his abstract paintings is that they also have a component of 3-D imagery when studied and viewed at length and in person.
Finally, Chip has earned his first true Art Commission with a National Park. The Lassen Volcanic National Park has been selling his water colors of Wildflowers & Butterflies in their gift stores.
As Chip likes to say – “COLOR IS LIFE ITSELF” and we couldn’t agree more!
March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 14, 2012
One question I get asked a lot is “Can the color of fruit and vegetables be an indicator of their healing powers?”
I have answered this and many more color questions in my Color Answer Book. Below is my response to this question and an excerpt from a study that has supporting evidence that further validates the research.
Ongoing research indicates that eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables can be extremely beneficial to our optimum health and healing. The color itself is an indicator of its curative powers. For example, eating red and purple fruits has been shown to help prevent heart disease and cancer. There are also non-irritating anti-inflammatory antioxidants in fruits such as cherries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, and grapes. These delicious sources of well-being contain natural dyes called anthocyanins.
A new study that came out last week further supports these facts and raises them by stating that “The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say. Within a six-week period, fluctuation in fruit and vegetable consumption was associated with skin-color changes,” said lead researcher Ross Whitehead, from the School of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Now you know why your mother insisted you eat your fruits and vegetables!
March 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 7, 2012
“Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody.”-Piet Mondrian
Back in 2010 I wrote a blog about Mondrian. At that time there seemed to be a resurgence of products that were inspired by his wonderfully expressive art. Today is the 140th birthday of Piet Mondrian and one that I think is worth celebrating.
Here is an excerpt of what I feel to be the reason behind our attraction to Mondrian.
We are drawn to the simplicity of the primary palette because it taps into our inner child. The basic shapes and colors together are pleasing without being overly complex.
March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 1, 2012
I wrote in a previous post about a woman’s response to men in red shirts titled Why He’s So Hot where I noted that “Red is a very expressive colour, ” adding that it represents passion, love and sex. Plus, wearing this sensual hue can add a subtle flush to skin tone.”
Today, in the Huffington Post there is an article about women in red titled Red Dress Effect where they share a study out of the University of Rochester in New York state that says “Red dresses muddle men’s minds….” Color studies always fascinate me and this one got me thinking about a question I was asked many years ago, “What colors will make me look sexy?”
Below is my response from The Color Answer Book.
What one person finds appealing, another may not. However, the color that shows up most frequently on color word association tests as the sexiest shade is a vibrant Lipstick Red. It’s a sexual signal that many animals and birds use to attract the opposite sex and, interestingly, humans do as well. They flush and blush, turning red with embarrassment or sexual energy. They use cosmetic enhancements like reddish lips, nails (fingers and toes), and cheeks.
It is the color that most represents sensuality in many cultures as it is often used symbolically to broadcast availability or preparation for marriage and mating rites. The use of red as a sexual signal by primitive tribes for body painting and dyes ultimately translated to a more sophisticated use of sensuous red in modern day makeup and clothing.
Do you wear red to entice the opposite sex? Does wearing red make you feel empowered?
For more on the psychology of color you might be interested in Color: Messages and Meanings.
February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
February 23, 2012
I found this article and thought that with all of the great buzz surrounding Tangerine Tango that it would be fun to look back at when it all started. I excerpted a paragraph from the article for your viewing pleasure and included a link to the full article at the bottom.
“Sephora is about to bring out a limited-edition spring cosmetics line with orange eye makeup—including orange false eyelashes made from feathers. The renaissance of orange extends to many facets of design: The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, recently installed a luxury ski lift called the Bubble Express—with heated chairs in eye-popping orange.
This renaissance for orange has been a long time coming. The color was popular in the 1920s, and again in the 1960s, with a lesser renaissance in the ’80s.”
Are you hearing the buzz about the Pantone x Sephora collaboration? Will you be rushing out to pick up some of these limited-edition goodies?
February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
February 16, 2012
I was in New York during Fashion week and was interviewed by Rueter’s News Service that is distributed internationally.
Let’s hear it once again for Tangerine Tango!!
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Thanks for stopping by!
February 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
February 7, 2011
One of my former Color/Design students, Amy Anderson, shared this photograph taken by her neighbor. Amy heads Fleurish Partners and writes a lovely blog called What Feeds My Soul. Her neighbor, Laura Gardner, is an architect at GM Studio INC, and they both share a love of color.
“Winter shows off all the different berries so dramatically against the white snow!”
Thanks for sharing the lovely picture!
January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments
January 27, 2012
These designers were so inspired by Tangerine Tango that they decided to create a lamp around the color– then decided to produce a video inspired by the name of the color and the art of the dance.
LightArt by 3form came to life when Ryan Grey Smith and Ahna Holder were commissioned to design an 11 foot chandelier. Ryan knew the sheer scale of the piece demanded an innovative approach.
Armed with a pile of sketches and standard home improvement tools, Ryan set about to create a whole new design concept. Ryan set the oven to preheat, donned a pair of oven mitts, and turned his kitchen into an artistic laboratory. The chandelier quickly came to life as Ryan heat formed pieces of translucent Varia Ecoresin to make them malleable.
The concept that drove LightArt into existence is one of endless creative solutions. This spirit of innovation and passion for excellence drives everything that happens at LightArt. For artisans and designers alike, the excitement lies in pushing the envelope on every custom piece – using a bold array of colors and endless shape possibilities.
“With discerning expertise in architecture, sculpture, color and lighting, we specialize in understanding the vision for a space and use the art of light to accentuate the desired aesthetic.” – Ryan Smith, Co-founder.
As a full service studio, LightArt strives to achieve the most appropriate solution to meet the needs of any lighting challenge.
“From concept to completion, each LightArt piece is manufactured by hand in our Seattle studio. Our team of local artisans work directly with designers to create the most appropriate and compelling solutions for a space.”
January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
January 19, 2012
In my book Color: Messages and Meanings, I discuss color families and the messages they are sending. In color studies white is described as pure and pristine. As in the utter quiet of falling show, white expresses silence and the almost total lack of sound. It is a conciliatory color which is why the following study of the Milky Way is so fascinating.
In the article from BBCnews.com, Jeffrey Newman of the University of Pittsburgh elaborates on the importance of color to astronomers.
Astronomers have discovered that it is called the Milky Way for a reason. The actual color is white. Specifically a white “like spring snow at an hour after sunrise or before sunset.”
Jeffrey Newman states that; “For astronomers, one of the most important parameters is actually the colour of the galaxy.”
It isn’t just important to astronomers, it is important to color lovers too!
Click the link at the bottom for more.