Monday, January 15, 2007

Choosing Decor Colors: An Idea

I was looking through a magazine once and started noticing the beautiful photography in the ads. At first I was thinking it is a shame that I couldn't cut enough of the advertising part off so that I could keep the photo. Then I realized that it wasn't really the subject matter that I was attracted to, but the colors.

My next brain leap was to home decor. What if you used photos or ads to choose colors to decorate with? So here's what I did.

1. I went through the magazine and pulled out ads that I found particularly appealing. I didn't think about why, I just responded.
2. I cut them into strips so that it eliminated most of the subject and put the focus on the colors.
3. I chose the strips that I really liked, eliminated the "duplicates," and pasted them into my Moleskine. As you can see, some of the ad strips are similar, but sometimes I kept 2 similar ones because the color emphasis was different.
4. I've been pulling paint chips at the hardware store a few at a time to match the colors in the photos.I decided that this could really be a fun way to decorate if you only have a sense of how you want the room to feel. The colors wouldn't just be paint, they'd be all the main elements in the room. The walls, the floor, the wood, the fabrics, and the furniture and nicknacks.
So, if you're looking for that mountain lake look, the lavender fields look without the French influence, or the tropical escape look, I've got it already figured out for you.

Another Taos Weekend

We spent the New Year weekend in Taos.

We got there just ahead of the 14 inches of snow they got and it was beautiful! We stayed cozy in the Old Taos Guesthouse with our kiva fireplace.
The breakfasts there are marvelous and the first morning we sat next to the window where the bird feeder was.

Numbered Prints

My family brought a rather interesting "controversy" to my attention when we were all together for a second Christmas the weekend after New Year's day. They were all talking about their Christmas cards and checking the print number to see which one they had. Supposedly, the lower the number the more "important" they are. We all had a good laugh about it.

So.. All of you who got a Christmas card from us... we love you all dearly and please don't assume a level of prestige based on the print number. You know who you are. : )

For those of you who are lost, let me explain what all the hullabaloo is about. Let me start with what I'm talking about when I call our Christmas card a print.

They are limited edition original prints, NOT reproductions. They are originals because they are pulled by me, the artist, and each one is unique. Our Christmas card is a linoleum cut just like the print pictured here. You can see the number that says 3/10. That means there are 10 prints in the edition and this was the 3rd one pulled.

For more definitions of what prints are, go to Donald Heald's web site. For more about printmaking, go to Wikipedia.