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

Bee and berries

November 14, 2017

A Bear roamed the woods in search of berries. He happened upon a fallen tree in which a swarm of bees had stashed their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very, very carefully to see if the Bees were at home.

Just then one of the swarm happened home from the berry patch with a load of sweet pollen. Guessing what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply. Then he disappeared into the hollow log.

The Bear lost his temper and sprang upon the log attacking tooth and claw, hoping to destroy the nest, but this only brought out the whole swarm. The poor Bear took to his heels and ran. He only saved himself by diving into the nearby stream.

The weakest united may make for a strong alliance of protection. Overlooking the fact that many bees united can make even the strongest creature uncomfortable, it would be wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage.

bee and berries

Note: No animals were actually stung in the telling of this fable.

 

The Sun Never Says…

May 22, 2017

Sun

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.” Words, “The Sun Never Says,” by Hafiz, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

 

 

For Mom and Dad…

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

red-three-with-sun

Let the love in your heart grow tall like a tree and shine bright like the sun, heart tree design inspired by a medieval design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

zaid

“Grace went searching for the first couple who dared to open their eyes in Eden.” Poem called “Evolution” by Gabriel Zaid and imaginary “Eden” designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.