Khristian A. Howell is the talented color and pattern expert featured in Pinterest Perfect! She is currently working out of Chicago, but being married to a news correspondant leaves her never really sure of where she'll be living next. Under her brand, Khristian A. Howell Color + Pattern, Khristian licenses her work to manufacturers; consults on trend, color, and design; and gives advice as a color expert and lifestyle consultant. Her art has been featured in ELLE DECOR, Real Simple, and HGTV Magazine to name a few and she is a frequent contributor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I had the opportunity to chat with her about her beautiful patterns and things that inspire her.
"There are two things you can never have too many of: good friends and good shoes."
Talented watercolor artist Ronald Pratt started painting while he was in college studying architecture. "I was looking for an elective class in art that would help me improve my presentation skills in architecture," says Ronald. There was an opening in a beginning watercolor class, so he signed up. "I liked the beauty of a good watercolor painting and the challenge it presented when I discovered it was much harder than it looked. Never in my wildest dreams at that time did I imagine 35 years later it would be my profession." After finishing school, Ronald only painted in the evenings and on weekends as a hobby. Eventually, he left architecture to paint fulltime.
"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." Rex Brandt
"To err is human, to ARR is pirate."
The Color Mix
We are all affected by color, regardless of whether we realize it. Studies show that color schemes make us feel certain ways. Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and light green, are exciting and energetic. Cool colors, such as dark green, blue, and purple are calming and soothing. Use these color schemes as tools to express the mood of the painting. In fact, you'll find that you don't even need a subject in your painting to communicate a particular feeling; the abstract works below demonstrate how color is powerful enough to stand on its own.
Looking at Jim McConlogue's stunning landscapes and seascapes it is hard to believe him when he says that he started out just like everybody else. "So many people believe that they can't do it. But you aren't given the ability to draw a landscape. Those are things you teach yourself. I try to help them believe that they can do it."
The Color Mix
Color is a key component in art and painting and a crucial aspect of successfully completing an acrylic painting. Artists must learn how to mix fresh, vibrant colors in acrylic for painting almost any subject.
Our collection of vintage Walter Foster titles is often a source of inspiration. The books remind us of the ageless nature of art and art techniques. No matter how much time may have passed since the original publication dates, the lessons are as helpful today as they have ever been.
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