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What's new about placid blue?

What's new about placid blue?
It's not a new color at all. It has always been with us. It is what we want to see when we get up in the morning and look out the window at the sky.

It is one of the top ten Womens's Pantone Colors for Spring 2014, which makes it noteworthy. 
See the Pantone fashion color report for Spring here
Placid Blue is a soft pastel that is a wonderful compliment to the strong and bold Dazzling Blue.  Pantone describes it as a picture perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky that induces a sense of peaceful calmness.

Placid blue bracelet upcycled from artist palette

What is great about placid blue: 
It is calming.
It works well as a background color.
It harmonizes with soft pastel greens and violets.
It is a great solution for "what to wear with jeans"   

Here's a recipe for placid blue, according to Bustanoby's Color Manual, copyright 1939:
 It was called Forget-Me-Not Blue

"Slightly neutral tint of blue, resembling the delicate blue flowers, wit…

You never know who will walk in your booth

Several years ago I was participating in an art show in Delray Beach Florida. What I sell is jewelry which I make from the dried acrylic paint from the artist palette. 

During the show, a woman walked into my booth and was studying my jewelry pieces. I mean, really inspecting them more closely than the typical customer. I started to share with her my story, how I start with the palette and go from there. 
She listened, then said “Yes, I can tell they’re made from paint. I make paint.”

Well at first I wasn’t sure if I heard her correctly, not having ever met anyone who makes paint. Then she introduced herself. “I’m Barbara Golden.”

To me this was akin to meeting a Hollywood star! I had a celebrity in my art booth!

She went on to tell me about some of the more interesting and unusual applications artists have found for Golden Paints.

 She later came back to my booth and we had a delightful conversation about the hand painted tee shirts with the Golden colors on them. (My favorite shirt for…

How do you make gray?

How do you make gray? Well the obvious answer is to mix black and white.

But then how do you get a reddish gray, a bluish gray or a warm gray?

I was once commissioned to make a detailed color chart for a color consultant. That was when I learned how to make gray.

     For those of you not in my age range, let me explain. Back in the 80's, everyone was getting "their colors done". You were analyzed as being one of the four seasons, as far as the colors that look best on you. The palette was based on your skin tones and the color wheel. 

The left side of the color wheel is the cool colors, or the winter palette, and the right side is the warm colors, also known as the spring palette. But what about the warm muted colors of autumn and the cool muted colors of summer? Where do they get those colors? 
The color wheel holds the key. Take any color. Let's take red, for example. 

Okay start with red and draw a straight line down to the opposite side of the wheel and what do you fi…

So what do you do?

So what do you do when you are an artist and you find yourself away from your work, your home, your husband, your cats and your art studio for several weeks because you are called upon to care for a loved one who is recovering from surgery? When you are not making money or going to work, but being a caregiver for someone you dearly love, someone who is not in a dire life and death state, but who needs you all the same.

5 things to do while care - giving
1. Be the best caregiver you can be. Everything else can and will wait. Being the best means getting enough calories, sleep, and exercise so you can give of yourself. And lots of coffee. 

2. Re-discover blogging. Need ideas? 
Here's enough to keep you blogging til the cows come home:

3. Spend time drawing every day. Drawing could be doodling while on the phone, doing quick sketches for that collage you've always wanted to do, or simply recording what you see in yo…