This year I would like to open up the blog with guest contributors, talented artisans and experts that are only too generous to share their expertise, knowledge and design ideas from their point of view. To get the conversation started, I am delighted to introduce Linda Paul, an internationally recognized American Artist and owner of Linda Paul Studio in Colorado. Without further ado, I welcome Linda as a guest contributor to Kitchen Design Notes.
As an artist I am profoundly influenced by color and culture. I love studying color trends and am always trying to predict and influence color. Color trends are fascinating because they are a sociological barometer of the desires going on in our culture right now. Color is important in our lives because of the way it makes you feel.
Copper farmhouse sinks, copper tiles and stamped ceilings are a fabulous design trend in kitchens.
Picture left: Check out this copper sink. Copper mosaic tiles run through the center of the backsplash and around the entire kitchen.
Picture at left shows a bit of the copper ceiling and my Tuscan Kitchen tile backsplash mural
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Here are a couple of fabulous wall paint color ideas and samples.
Copper in Art: In my new painting of autumn falling leaves (underway here) I am using pure copper and 23 karat gold as an underlay for my egg tempera paint. The glints of copper reflect light beautifully. It is almost finished
Here an example of how I have used natural metals in my art
I have backed the beveled glass of this heron artwork in pure copper, gold and silver. The center mirror reflects the view out my studio window.
more info about this artwork
Purple as well as yellow are trendy colors for 2010, but use them sparingly in accents etc. Pantone favors turquoise for 2010, but its should only be used as an accent color, not as an interior paint color.
Here is a great quote from Henri Matisse: “Colour helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain.”
This is the story of Linda Paul’s artistic journey: Linda Paul was an urban planner and developer in Ontario, Canada. She married and immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s and found herself without a green card. With boundless time on her hands, she spent many hours walking the beaches in the San Francisco bay area. She would pick up pieces of dried seaweed and examine their shape. Deciding the sea plants looked like people, she decided to haul some home and paint faces on them. If this sounds very childlike, it was! Having painted the faces, she needed something to stick the seaweed people in. Some plaster should do it. Then needing to paint the plaster, she bought some basic kindergarten powder in dark blue, and voila, her first piece of art was born. It really looked like something a six year old child had created, but it was exactly this innocence and complete freedom that led her on. Liking the texture of her first “creation” , her brain thought, “I wonder what some plaster carrots would look like on a board. Off to the lumber yard for plaster and the grocery store for carrots! Her second piece was called “Flying Carrots” (see below) Something in her mind just opened up like a tidal wave and she was smitten with creating. Liking the vegetable theme, she created three more sculpted vegetable pieces and boldly entered them in an art juried art show in Burbank , California. She knew right there that this was to be her new path in life.
15 years later, Linda Paul is now an internationally recognized and collected bas-relief and egg tempera painter.
Linda Paul Studio, 1613 Centaur Circle, Lafayette, Colorado USA 80026 phone: 303-604-9958