Not every day, but most days I have been organizing my business and cataloging my art work. Although this isn't super exciting (or fun, really) it has been immensely satisfying to stop for a minute and enter just about every art work I have ever created into a cloud-based website called ArtWork Archive. I certainly COULD have made this happen without the slowdown/closure, but the data entry involved is soooo extensive (titles, sizes, prices, categories), that I am not sure I would have made time. I am exceptionally thrilled and grateful for the pause to allow this to happen!
I have rediscovered my love for hiking over the past month. Being outside, exercising and looking at nature is a delightful trifecta. Below is one trail in north Clark County that varies from forest to farmland. The hike provides great contrast, plus, I get to look at the variety of FOLIAGE and LEAF shapes!
Did you Know?
Complementary Colors & Tapestries
Michel-Eugene Chrevreul (a French chemist, 1786-1889), is noted for observing how colors affect each other, when they're next to each other. Chevreul was appointed the director of dyes for a famous tapestry factory in Paris called the Gobelins Tapestry Factory in 1824.
Using colored threads, he noticed that adjacent (side-by-side) colors affect each other. He particularly noticed that colors across from each other on the color wheel (like ORANGE and BLUE), when placed next to each other ENHANCE each other. (This really happens within the eye, which makes the colors appear to pop. See the line on color wheel below...these are complementary colors.)
As a result, he made colors/colored threads look more pleasing together within a tapestry. (Tapestries were a huge industry from the 17th - 19th centuries.)
Chevreul wrote a book called The Law of Simultaneous Contrast of Colorsin 1854. Thanks to his work, we now know that one color can affect other nearby colors, which is simply called Color Interaction.
Beautify Your Home
I am now offering my art on home goods through SHOP VIDA! Let swirling pattern and color enliven your home with my SWIM PUFF (SWOOP) round coaster set!
Cynthia Mosser (cynthiamosser.com) is an artist (painter) whose work is influenced by color, folk art, design, nature and whimsy. She is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon USA, and lives in Vancouver, Washington.