Colored Pencil Color Wheel

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Making color wheels: fun and oh so practical! Color wheels and swatches (that use colors that I have in my possession) save me a huge amount of time in choosing color combinations for artwork. And they’re pretty.

 

What goes with purple?

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It’s a rainy Monday morning and this gray day is clearly begging for a splash of color. Hence a deep, royal purple goes down onto the paper. But what else? A bunch of bright summer colors somehow feels a bit too gaudy on a day like this so how about some fall tones? Yeah, that’s it. Tuscan red, burnt ocre, and dark naples yellow will do the trick nicely.

Making faces outside

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1st spray painting of 2015

The nights are long and the sun is shining… ’tis the season to be outside paintin’ stuff. Now that I’ve invested in a nice collection of drool-inducing spray paint colors, it’s time for some fun. And lots of trial and error.

 

Stunning Brazilian Street Art

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Brazil is beeeeautiful… but Brazilian cities are sometimes not so beautiful. Often overflowing with people, buildings and cars, packed so tight that the dirty concrete walls turn the streets turn into roasting hot pizza ovens, the urban environment has become an alchemists wonderland, providing all the raw materials necessary for creating pure gold.  Amazing works of art greet passersby on avenues, alley ways, giant high-rises and single family homes. Wandering around São Paulo’s city center or hip neighborhoods like Pinheiros and Vila Madalena, you’ll run into vibrant paintings full of color and commentary, put up alongside tags and pixação (a type of Brazilian lettering). Here are a few pics of some of the work that I saw in Vila Madalena at the beginning of January 2015. Enjoy!

Rainbow Circle Color Study

I’d like to master the rainbow, wield all of its beautiful colors at my fingertips like hypnotic laser lights going off at 3am in a bumpin’ night club. Such grandiose dreams must start somewhere, and I have started with circles, markers and vector drawings. The colors come from my PrismaColor marker collection, photo’d and eyedroppered. These are some of my favorite combinations (mostly analagous colors).

 

Aqua, orange & red color exercises

I’ve been obsessed with aqua lately, most likely because it’s been one of the “in” colors of 2014, which probably means that it’s already well on it’s way to becoming a tacky passé color. So, I figure I gotta enjoy it while it’s good.