In The Studio

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's been such a cold winter so I always embrace the sun when it's out.

My attempt at watercolor.

There will never be enough blank canvas to fulfill the desire within me to create.

New work. Mid February 2015 via Gregg Irby Gallery Atlanta

One Room Challenge with The Pink Pagoda

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

After weeks of hard work and a lot of love, I'm excited to announce the reveal of my collaboration with
The Pink Pagoda
in her One Room Challenge.

Sneak peek of my paintings commissioned for this very special project.

Take the entire tour of this beautiful entrance hall by heading over the
The Pink Pagoda

New work forthcoming via 
Gregg Irby Fine Art - Atlanta

The One Room Challenge was created by Calling it HomePhotography by Jason Kindig

Mixing Color - One Room Challenge with The Pink Pagoda

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It is week Four of the One Room Challenge and my work is complete! Our panels, which turned out amazingly, were shipped to Dallas on Monday. Inspired by many color options, we settled on using several shades of pinks as the more prominent color which will add warmth and life to the foyer.

Over the past few weeks, I've documented some of my color mixing techniques used for this project commissioned by Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda. A few weeks ago, I did a post that referenced the colors which were used in our paintings. I would traditionally not use latex paint, but because we chose plywood panels as our canvas, we decided to try a few of the Pantone inspired colors via Valspar's Spring line. I was then able to incorporate my favorite pigments to create a variety of complimenting hues and shades playing off of the main colors.

Whenever I desire a strong pigment for added richness and contrast, I absolutely love Golden's Fluids. These pigments are so strong that they can be diluted and used for additional depth through a watercolor technique. I love how they dry rich vs. dull or muddy.

Above are a few of my favorite paints that allow me to create a plethora of additional colors. The Derivan Matisse line is another favorite of mine when I am looking to create a more opaque layer. For acrylics, these and Golden paints tend to dry truer to color than thinner body paints which I usually only  use as a base or undercoat. The Matisse line is available in several custom and muted colors, but I prefer a bit more control and adjust them by adding other pigments to create a color.

I've always been able to look at a color and create a match like a chef creates flavor. I think it's possibly my strongest asset as an artist. This skill comes very naturally to me. Being self taught, I'm sometimes embarrassed to admit I've never really studied the color wheel until more recently in my career. But, after doing so, it has allowed me to better understand the logistics behind my own personal techniques providing an easy quick reference if needed.

A good example of how my eye sees and mixes color, is the beautiful Stroheim velvet fabric sample Jennifer sent me.  She recently had a settee lacquered and reupholstered with the blue velvet for her entry.

In the image above, what most of us see, is the color blue. However, as soon I saw this fabric sample I knew there was a subtle amount of both green and red in the color. There is, of course, white that would need to be added to create this soft, somewhat chalky shade of blue. As you can see, I was able to create an identical match.

Another method I personally love to use, is creating a custom shade of gray for each specific painting that I'm working on. Grays seem to always "ground" bright or bold colors, and to me, add a beautiful soft transition into the neighboring color. I usually lean towards more moody or muted color palettes and though subtle, they add sophistication even to the primary color family.

One of my favorite methods for creating a custom gray is mixing the two complimenting colors, or sometimes three, that are in the painting, along with white. The gray that is created turns out to be the perfect shade of gray specifically meant for that piece of work. Seen here, I am mixing pink, green, and white for a muted flesh tone with added blue for a warm gray that is perfect for the painting in production.

Now that our paintings are complete, let's head back over to The Pink Pagoda and see what she has been up to with her entry! 

The Pink Pagoda One Room Challenge

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Pink Pagoda’s Jennifer and I have had such a fun and inspiring friendship over the past year. We have so much in common. One is our love for binge watching dramatic & thrilling TV drama series. The other is our love for art & design What I love about Jennifer's eye is how she can create the perfect balance of a classic meets contemporary crossover that is eclectic and creates an overall well blended look.

So as you can imagine I am just thrilled that Jennifer has commissioned me for the art to be one of the main focal points of her entrance hall in this series of the One Room Challenge created by Calling It Home.

We came up with the idea of having 3 plywood panels cut. Each needed about 4 layers of primer to prevent warping. 

Inspired by colors in both Jennifer's home, as well as the rugs in her living and dining rooms, we chose Pantone Inspired paint colors via Valspar's spring line. There will be additional "pops" of color in both chartreuse and gold. 

 A glimpse of some of the magic that has begun.

                   I love working on the undercoat as this is where the depth of each piece begins.

My kitty "Mandarin" giving me the stare-down because shortly before this photo was taken both she and our dog Java walked over one of the panels that was drying on the floor!!

Below: See all of the talented company we are in! 

Now please head back over to The Pink Pagoda and see what else Jennifer has been up to this week with her entry!