Racine Art Museum Symposium

Racine Art Museum Symposium

I leave on Thursday for Racine Art Museum’s second Polymer Symposium at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. It’s an honor to have a number of pieces in both the RAM (in)Organic show and the A Revisioning: New Works in Polymer show at the H.F. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College. I’m looking forward to seeing the RAM show at a … more→

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Serpentine Gothic

Serpentine Gothic

Last week I mailed off four pieces for the upcoming “(in) Organic” show at the Racine Art Museum. Here’s one of the pieces along with a short story describing how it came to be. I was planning on making a loop on loop collar. I had it all sketched out at full scale. I made an 8′ long pinched snake … more→

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40 Years of Color Mixing

40 Years of Color Mixing

Forty years ago today, I finished my first color mixing collection. Home for three weeks between the end of my summer job and the beginning of my sophomore year of college, I decided to mix 300 colors using only three colors of RIT dye. Why dyes? Because my favorite art form at the time was making batiks. I started with … more→

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The Winner’s Are . . . Ice-Cream Cones!

The Winner’s Are . . . Ice-Cream Cones!

The winners of this year’s Alan Alda Flame Challenge “What is Color?” are Melanie Golub in the written category and Dianna Cowen, in the visual category. Both mention ice-cream cones when describing the cones of the eyes – a brilliant way to reach the 5th grade audience.  I’m now on the look-out for red, green and blue ice-cream cones. Its the … more→

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Chromolocomotion: Train Stations and Tetris

Chromolocomotion: Train Stations and Tetris

My husband and I had one day to spend in London on our way home to Portland this week. We visited the Viking exhibit at the British Museum, took a selfie across the street from 221B Baker Street (no – we did not go in since there was no 221B in Conan Doyle’s time) and then, since Chuck is both an … more→

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Lightboxing in Lanjaron

Lightboxing in Lanjaron

Two weeks ago I was in Lanjaron, Spain with my friend, and fellow color enthusiast, Laura Liska. We stayed in a quiet courtyard and spent some time every day on our respective studies. We are both exploring how light affects the perception of color – each in our own ways. Laura is working on her thesis observing how light affects … more→

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Cutting into Color: Matisse at the Tate

Cutting into Color: Matisse at the Tate

One of the highlights of my short stay in London was visiting the Matisse show at Tate Modern on Easter Sunday. Now that I think about it, Easter was the perfect day to see the exhibit. Matisse almost died following colon surgery at the age of 71. He called the period after his near-death experience his “second life” and the … more→

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CMY in 3D Printing

CMY in 3D Printing

There are a number of companies claiming to have the first full-color printer using cyan, magenta, and yellow to mix all the colors of the rainbow in three dimensions. The color charts above are from the Stratosys Object 500. Those triangles look so familiar! I’ve been making the same thing in polymer for years. I have to say I am … more→

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New Inner Life of Cells

Another digitally animated film showing the inner life of a cell just came out from Xvivo in collaboration with Harvard’s BioVisions program. The first film from 2006 shows an immune cell responding to an infection. It’s a beautful short film. The colors are soft and subdued and the movement slow and graceful. The latest video in the Inner Life series portrays the … more→

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Munsell on My Wall

Munsell on My Wall

Over one hundred years ago, Albert Munsell, an artist and educator, developed a color ordering system based on visual perception rather than mathemetical formulas.  The Munsell system soon became the industry standard and is still used today to communicate and reproduce colors accurately. I reference the Munsell system in my workshops whenever we talk about the properties of color.  I … more→

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Color and Light at NAEA Conference

Color and Light at NAEA Conference

I spent last weekend in San Diego at my first National Art Educators Association conference. It was huge – a three-day event with over 1000 seminars, 6000 attendees, and an exhibition hall filled with booths that included demonstrations by the major art supply manufacturers, samples from companies featuring teacher resources and talks by representatives from college arts programs around the … more→

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All RGB Colors

Here are the amazing results when software architect József Fejes from Hungary responded to a geek challenge to create an image that contains exactly one bit of all the RGB colors. Enjoy!

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International Colour Day Crystallography

International Colour Day Crystallography

To celebrate the fifth International Day of Colour and Light on March 21st, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology (ANSTO) assigned crystal structures to the colors of Newton’s spectrum. The banner graphically represents the structures that were selected to represent each color. Check out the ANSTO site to see why they were chosen. Fascinating choices – especially the GFP’s!     Red – … more→

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Integrated Color Study: RGB + CMY

Integrated Color Study: RGB + CMY

There are a gazillion color picker sites out there that allow you to manipulate the amounts of RGB (Red, Green and Blue) light to find the color you want. You can even play with color in Word.  Just make a text box and fill it with a custom color. Be sure to print the pages to see how much difference … more→

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Mark Making Workshop at the IPCA Retreat

Mark Making Workshop at the IPCA Retreat

The Nature of Mark Making: Instinctive Doodling on Polymer Clay Tuesday, August 19, 2014 One Day Pre-Retreat Workshop Dublin, Ohio Cost: $85 (includes all materials & handouts) Workshop Description When I first started playing with the ColorWash technique, I sometimes ended up with large areas of color that felt much too bare. What did I do? I doodled away all … more→

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