“Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings, this painted child of dirt, that stinks and stings, whose buzz the witty and the fair annoys, yet wit ne’er tastes, and beauty ne’er enjoys.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, Prologue to the Imitations of Horace, (1734) l. 309. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2018

Seasons greetingss

Season’s Greetings design with two penguins discovering the mistletoe by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

More Tudor Roses…

October 19, 2018

tudor rose

Tudor rose design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Insect and Tudor Rose Card

10:3:2018

Designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Hug-a-tree Card

Color’s illusions…

August 13, 2018

Albers9

Ancient European 9, circa 12th century illustrates the illusion of transparence when color mixture leads to a loss of opacity so that it appears transparent or translucent. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Albers10

Greek 10 shows that transparent illusions occur as color gains light only in direct color.

Albers11

Roman 11 illustrates color boundaries and plastic action, a space-illusion employed by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

More free studies…

August 7, 2018

Albers 21

21 features Greek letterform of “upsilon” designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Albers 22

22 features a light green base color, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Albers 23

23 features a light blue base color, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Free studies… X Y Z

August 6, 2018

Mosaic millefiore glass bead motifs from the nineteenth century were made with ancient techniques developed in western Asia where composite case canes of preformed unites were fused together to create colorful complex designs.

Drawings8:6

24 features a light blue base color, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Albers 25

25 features a red base color, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Albers 26

26 features a mauve base color, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

lucky spirit

Lucky Spirit design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018. Notecard

This summer I have decided to take a break and play with color using Josef Albers Interaction with Color. Though I am not using colored papers, as he recommended, I am exploring his exercises, and in the coming weeks I will share some results.

rosehip

Rosehip design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Even in comparing these to designs employing the same colors, the colors show that they have different interactions.

barley

For Jennifer Golick, Christine Loeber, and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba with the Pathway Home at the Veteran’s Home of California in Yountville, California, and for all of the good people who continue to work with our veterans who need healing after serving. “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…” (Matthew 9:37), drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

 

 

butterfly haiku

“The year’s first butterfly full of swagger” is a Japanese stylized butterfly riddle design… where the spider’s web is caught in the butterfly’s wings. Haiku by Issa, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Issa Butterfly Haiku card