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 recentlyin 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’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!
If your following me on Instagram you've been witnessing a new mini series I started on
paper. This series titled "Art Yoga" was actually inspired by the pressure to meet deadlines.
I had been waking up around 4:00am and immediately began painting in order to get as much done as possible. One morning I made my coffee, sat at the table with one of my mix media pads and just began cutting small 5x5 squares.
Just the cutting alone was relaxing me....I would paint on these squares with no goal or purpose at all and was barely even awake. The mornings are always so peaceful so as you can image, I was extremely relaxed
and completely in "the zone" with these little gems morphing into something magical and mysterious.
I found painting so freely each morning began to serve as the perfect "warm up" before tackling the larger
pieces later that day hence I felt less pressured to meet an important deadline.
As well as serving as somewhat of a stress reducer, I've also begun to explore new colors and compostions that I plan on "trying" to translate on a larger scale. It's something of a lesson in developing & growing which is always one of our goals as an artist.
Me holding some Art Yoga's that were in production! : )
Though most of these Art Yoga mini's have sold there are many more forthcoming and will become available later this summer via Gregg Irby Fine Art.
Two of my favorite abstract's that were on display during an art exhibit in the stunning Julie Couch Interiors showroom, were recently discovered by the HGTV design team.
They are both currently hanging in the HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Nashville. Yay!!!
"Waiting in the Rain" is hanging in the master bedroom. You can get a great view of the art by
taking the HGTV Smart Home 3D tour and of course flipping through the photo album.
The other painting "Street Lights" which I sadly do not have an image of, can be viewed by taking the
HGTV Smart Home 3D tour of the master bathroom. It is hung on the wall of the Water Closet.
I was also beyond flattered to see they selected my art to use as the background for the HGTV Smart Home Logo. #hgtvsmart
There is so much wonderful art on display in the HGTV Smart Home this year. I love that most of what was selected were abstracts. One of my favorite pieces is seen in the Great Room. I don't know who the artist is but absolutely adore their work.
I plan to paint more using the palette of "Waiting in the Rain" so please check my web site and Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta, who exclusively represents my work .
Oh, almost forgot, I'm also now on Instagram! There you will find me posting progress shots, what inspires my work and other behind the scenes fun.