Monthly Archives: April 2015

Connecting the Dots

Whether called dots or points, you can’t get much more basic. In our book, Design: A Beginner’s Handbook, we start with dots – an easy way to guide the reader into the elements and principles of design. Some books skip … Continue reading

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Designing For Public Spaces

If you’ve ever considered designing for public spaces there are unique issues you will encounter. All public design projects involve red tape, but if a design project involves lots of public money and a high-profile location the entire creative process … Continue reading

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Not For Reading: Altered Books

 Guy Laramee I love books. They fill the shelves in every room of my house. They’re piled on floors and stacked in my studio. I read incessantly but I’m also enamored of a book’s physical form, so straightforward but one with … Continue reading

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The Gestalt Of Missing Pieces

When we look at works of art it’s common to think that everything has been fully developed and presented to us by the artist but generally this is not the case. Artists often leave some things incomplete, or they only … Continue reading

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From Train Toilets to Laundromats: The Inventive Mind

Last week I wrote about the magic of the camera obscura. While writing that post I was reminded of the work of artist Steven Pippin who constructs unique camera obscura/pinhole cameras out of unexpected materials. He has converted refrigerators, washing … Continue reading

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Resources: Free Images And Publications

Over the past few years several world class art museums have digitized large chunks of their collections and publications and now make them available for free to the general public. Anyone with a computer, tablet or smart phone can view … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Dark Chamber: The Camera Obscura

I find myself drawn to artists who direct their attention to very early technologies, such as the camera obscura. A camera obscura is basically a room, or box, that has a small hole on one wall. Light from the outside … Continue reading

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Color As Signature

Nearly every artist uses color in their work but for some artists color has special significance. Here are two artists whose use of this design element is so important that it is almost impossible to discuss their work without mentioning … Continue reading

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A Visit to an Exhibition: Mildred Howard at the Richmond Art Center

Just got back from seeing the exhibition Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter at the Richmond Art Center in Northern California. I thought I would write solely about her work but what really struck me was the response of the other … Continue reading

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