Tag Archives: color

On a bad day…

3 Aug

I like to make store bought bouquets into something better. Thanks to my sweetie for the flowers!

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Paint Colors

6 Aug

Sometimes, I like the palette just as much as the finished product.

Sotheby’s Auction: Latin American Art

15 May

Every so often Sotheby’s sends me an online auction catalog. Fine wines, rare watches, and art are just a few of the things they might have on offer at any given time and it’s kind of fun to browse through the catalogs to see what is for sale.

May 29 and 30 they are having an auction on Latin American art. For just about $10,000 up to over $2,000,000, you can call an original your own.

The $2+ million price tag, by the way, is for a piece entitled “Watermelon Eater”.

Not one of my personal favorites, but according to the catalog, iconic, a part of our collective unconscious, even.

I have less expensive tastes, mostly under $100K. 😉 Here are a few that caught my eye:

Tehuanas, by Rosa Rolanda.

Via Sotheby’s.

Sant Genís d’Agudells, Barcelona, by Joaquín Torres-García

via Sotheby’s.

En pose para el fotógrafo, by Arturo Pacheco Altamirano

via Sotheby’s.

This one is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s the colors…I also like the shapes, the dark outlines, and the flatness of the background.

Retrato de una mujer, by Diego Rivera

via Sotheby’s.

I like the colors in this piece too, but it’s also that Rivera captured something about the woman herself that I like. I wonder who she was.

What about you? Which will you be taking home?

Color Schemes

19 Mar

Recently, I’ve been working on the redesign of a home office/playroom. It’s been a lot of fun, and I wanted to share with you some of the different options I showed the client:

Option 1. Yellow with blue and accents of brown. Blue & brown have been around for a while now, but I think what will keep this look fresh is mixing it with new accent colors and changing the type of blue that is used. Fabrics above are by Romo, Barbara Barry, and Duralee, among others, carpet is by FLOR, table by West Elm and art by the talented Marisa at Creative Thursday.

Option 2. A softer look, with soft greens, reds and a pattern mix. I love the polka dot fabric, which is by Lee Jofa. The others are Duralee, Schumacher, Ralph Lauren, and Kravet, along with a few others. Furniture is by Pottery Barn and the Company Store, carpet by FLOR and paint by Benjamin Moore.

Option 3. My favorite, and luckily the client’s too! Fabrics are Duralee, Kravet & Schumacher, and paint by Benjamin Moore. Art above is by Marisa at Creative Thursday; the piece below is by SuspectShoppe, both on etsy. How about you; which do you like best?

Work is in progress now and I can’t wait to show you the finished result!

Color Chart

4 Mar

I miss living in New York a lot, especially when I find out about exhibits like this I could be going to see!

From the MoMA website:

“Color Chart celebrates a paradox: the lush beauty that results when contemporary artists assign color decisions to chance, readymade source, or arbitrary system. Midway through the twentieth century, long-held convictions regarding the spiritual truth or scientific validity of particular colors gave way to an excitement about color as a mass-produced and standardized commercial product. The Romantic quest for personal expression instead became Andy Warhol’s “I want to be a machine;” the artistry of mixing pigments was eclipsed by Frank Stella’s “Straight out of the can; it can’t get better than that.” Color Chart is the first major exhibition devoted to this pivotal transformation, featuring work by some forty artists ranging from Ellsworth Kelly and Gerhard Richter to Sherrie Levine and Damien Hirst.”

I say, not necessarily a paradox; color is color and color = beauty, in my view. Simplistic yes, but this is almost always true! It’s hard to get it “wrong” especially if you are using some kind of system.

Here are a few of the things you will see at the exhibit:

Elsworth Kelly’s Colors for A Large Wall

Rauschenberg’s Rebus

And here is one that I’d really like to see; it is shown with others of its kind:

David Batchelor’s Found Monochromes

If you are not living in the New York area, you can see the online exhibition here.

They’ve did a great job with this; everything is easy to use and you can enlarge things, move things, listen to commentary or just read it– but of course it’s not the same as being there.

Who knows, maybe I’ll make it back to NY before it ends?

If you went, I want to know your thoughts!

Through May 12, at MoMA NY.

Little Flowers

25 Feb

Flowers are some of my favorite things to have around. I usually like to have a small arrangement somewhere near my desk so I can look at them all day. Like this one:

This is the only color of Lantana that I really like. So vivid! And at the same time, so delicate.

Another thing I like to do is get a bouquet of flowers and separate them out into lots of little arrangements. From 3 $5 grocery store bouquets, I got these:

And all of these:

More than enough for all the rooms in my little house, although right now I am keeping them grouped together on the kitchen table because they look so cute together.

Don’t you love it? I like making little flower arrangements that look like they’re exploding out of the vase, just a little bit wild and definitely informal:

Flowers are from my patio garden and Tesco’s new Fresh and Easy stores (one just opened by my house and it’s pretty awesome, reminds me of England). Pottery and vases (in order of appearance) are from Mid-Century, A Handful of Wildflowers, and IKEA.

A Trip to the Farmers’ Market

5 Feb

Lately I have taken to going to the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market on a Sunday morning. It’s a nice way to start the day, as usually I have to work at noon. Going there and getting all my fruit, vegetables and flowers for the week is not only inspiring, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something extra in my day.

My mom gave me one of Alice Waters’ books for Christmas. I must admit cooking is not always my favorite activity, but I try. It’s just not the creative release for me that it is for so many others. Having said that, I am a pretty decent cook (some might even say “good”) when the mood strikes me. I like to cook for other people, and I’m trying to extend the same care to myself, and also to eat more vegetables.

Going to the market helps with this. There are so many things to look at, taste, and buy there. I love it!

Check out these tomatoes; aren’t they amazing??

The importance of color in food, as in other areas of life, cannot be underestimated! These tomatoes make an absolutely delectable presentation. When confronted with a little multi-colored pile of these tomatoes, with perhaps some bits of cilantro and avocado among them, who could resist? Definitely not me, and I’m not even that big on tomatoes. The colors are just too fun though.

It’s also fun to play with your food around the house. Yes, you can even decorate with these cute tomatoes!

Don’t they look adorable in my Jonathan Adler banana tray (which, incidentally, I got on mega-sale thanks to Holly over at decor8–thank you!). They made such a nice display I forgot to eat them…which obviously isn’t the point, but still.

I can’t wait to see what awaits me this Sunday!