Monday, September 30, 2013

Space, Light, and Shadow

Alexa Meade is an artist who started painting directly on her subjects, rather than copying their likeness onto a canvas.  Instead of painting a grapefruit on a surface, she paints the grapefruit onto the grapefruit itself.  This is especially interesting when she paints people.  Light, shadow, texture&#151she takes a three dimensional subject, and makes it look two dimensional.

It's more fascinating than you think.  It's certainly weird too, because I think more dimensions is generally thought to be better?  But it's so interesting watching the multidimensional become flat, and then watching the shadows being worked in to give it an artificial dimensionality.

Then, she started playing with milk and paint.  That was even cooler&amp#151they couldn't control the outcome at all, so they had to adjust and get even more into play and sheer creativity.  The lesson here I think is to really embrace uncertainty in the artistic process.

Now I want to get out my brushes and paint and play too.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Old School Packaging

I've always thought vintage packaging was where it's at.  Colors seem more saturated and warm, and since everything was hand-drawn back then, the results seem so personal, so intimate.  Here are some of my favorite examples lately.  I'll be mixing in some of these going forward.

Office Supplies Boxes, Via Present & Correct

California Match Box, via It's Hard to Find a Friend

Peacock Luggage Label, via Pretty Clever

So pretty.  I don't want to be one of those people who says, "They don't make things like they used to."

But: they don't.