Unlearning the “Rules”

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So funny because it’s true!

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Golden’s Virtual Paint Mixer

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I recently discovered the Virtual Paint Mixer by Golden Artist Colors, which I think is another perfect example where art and technology come together for a functional purpose. Select from Golden’s paint collections and test out mixing proportions of the paint colors for an estimate of what the custom color would look like in person. The paint mixer only uses Golden acrylic colors, but I bet you can still get a good idea by comparing similar colors in your own palette. It’s a very thorough tool, even allowing you to save your custom colors or print them out.

Personally, I’m a bit more intuitive when it comes to mixing color so I may not use this as a resource for myself – at least no time soon. However, for those that are more technical or cerebral about mixing paint colors then this may just be a useful tool for you. It could certainly help minimize mistakes or muddiness in color just by practicing the color proportions on-screen. Though the caveat here would be to keep in mind that colors on-screen won’t be a true depiction of what you will see in person. The best you can hope for is a general idea. You’ll still have to rely on your own abilities with seeing and mixing color at a certain point, so I would suggest allowing the Virtual Paint Mixer to be a guideline at best and not a hard/fast rule.

Play with it and let me know what you think! You can find it here.

I Love Google Art Project

On the home page Art Project features a work of art and a “magnifying glass” that shows details as you drag the image around the screen.

I know that this has been out for a while,  but have you looked at this yet??!

For those that don’t know, Google Art Project is basically a library of selected pieces from different collections in various art galleries around the world. Google has succeeded in omitting the middle man of travel costs and language barriers, and is bringing the art straight to you through your computer. What hasn’t Google been able to do?!

The pictures are in an extremely high resolution, so what you’ll view is almost as good as seeing the pieces in person. The zoom function allows you to get up close and personal with the artwork as many times as you want. Goodbye awkwardly positioned gallery guards and embarrassing proximity alarms! This makes me particularly happy because I love looking at the different textures and brushstrokes in a painting, forever curious how some artists arrange broken color on a canvas to create an image.

I’ve only been through a couple of the galleries featured, but all that I’ve seen so far has been a lot of older sculptures and paintings. Not too many abstract or contemporary pieces, at least not that I can tell yet. I’ve been passing some of my extra minutes at work by surfing through. Not everything’s worth gasping at. I think what I like most is the accessibility and the image quality – it’s seriously legit!

I did a search for Rembrandt, an old master of the art of the portrait

Free Comic Book Day!

The first Saturday in May of every year, is Free Comic Book Day. I headed over to Victory Comics in Falls Church, VA and picked up 4 free comics and 2 really great recommendations from a friend. I can’t wait to dig in!

If you’re in the area, definitely check out Victory Comics and their grand selection of comics and collectibles. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they regularly host events for their customers. I loved it!

A Little Heart to Heart

This is what it's all about.

I had to share this!

I randomly found this nugget of greatness from a blog written by Jessica Bateman. This is a lovely work of embroidery by artist Stephanie Hart (“Hart” get it?? Mindblowing.). I thought this was touching and rather timeless. It also doesn’t have to be interpreted as a romantic thing, as most of us have friends or family members to whom we’re deeply connected and for whom we have much love. Let’s use today as a reminder that we should love others EVERYday, friendship and beyond.