Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Horizon 4

30" x 40" deep, gallery wrapped canvas
Mixed Media


Like most children, I learned about color with a box of crayons. You know that box of 64 was one of the best gifts a kid could receive in my opinion. The thing is, my color learning stopped right there with that box of sixty-fours until I was a college student studying interior design. I adored color and found myself having strong opinions on the subject. From a design (interiors, graphic, industrial, architectural, etc.) standpoint, color can become a huge player in ones work. It is what most people identify with.

Then, along came computers with an additional needed understanding of color. But wait a minute we already know about this color and light thing. We have to understand the effect of light on color, so all of the computer color stuff stands to reason. But it wasn't until I could honestly manipulate color myself with pigments did the full impact of this valuable tool hit me. With color, I feel as though I can make so many things happen.

Now, for me, it is all about control. When you pull together an interior space, you typically are using colors which are controlled by other people and nature. You might choose fabric from one designer and furniture finishes from another. Then nature tosses in her two cents and the designer needs to make it all work together. This is a great challenge and a very rewarding part of the design process. But it is the artist, who can control color with just the slightest manipulation, who can pull these colors all together with the touch of a particular formula of pigment. Yes, it is even the artists in the designer who does contends with color in the design.

Don't get me wrong, it takes so much more than color to make a work of art or a design become cohesive. But color is a very strong element which draws so many people into a work.

You can probably tell, in this Horizon series, I have spent a lot of time exploring what effects colors have on each other as well as what effects light has on color. There is so much more to explore...


Unknown said...

Interesting thoughts, Kim.

I often get a bit frustrated when working with the glass in that my palette is limited by the colours of the glass, and my "watercolour" series beads are my reaction to this at the moment. I'm running the colours together as much as they will - pushing them to the limits to creat new ways of blending them. But it only goes so far!

But paints are so different in that way...you make me want to get them out and have a play again!

Do you also remember having pastels as a child? I also love that medium, though once again they're not as adaptable as paint.



Andrea and Kim said...


I have pastels now! I love them so much. You can really get some excellent results,too. I like the way they layer so well...and that kind of gets the colors to change.

You know, I would think you could get some great colors with glass that way, too. Am I wrong? If you layer the various colors, can you manipulate them that way? I know with the more transparant acrylic paints, you can get the greatest effects with layering. I am playing some with that now.

Do you have your watercolor series on your web site? They sound fantastic.

I find if I sometimes change mediums, then I can get more out of the acrylics and other materials. Do you find that to be true for you? Like if you were to get out the paints to play, would that help out with the glass manipulation?

It is so good to see you here.

Unknown said...

Dear Kim, I'm reading your blog backwards right now! Because I wanted to see the horizon series you talked about some time ago and also because your post on Visual Salon about where you came from made me want to look at everything you've posted before. So here I am, taking my time. Sometimes blogging is such a hurrying activity, today I've decided to stay here and take my time to admire your path!

Andrea and Kim said...

Hello Andrea, I am very honored to have you here spending time. I know you are a very busy woman, so for you to do this is really quite moving. Thank You, My Friend!