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Sketchbooks and Human Experience

Vanessa Lemen

One thing I really love about sketchbooks is that they're all about exploring. What’s on the pages doesn’t need to look or feel a certain way. The sketches can be of anything. It doesn't have to be fancy, but requires a human being making some marks on some pages, open to exploring and discovering. It’s completely open in terms of the content and the act of creating. I really enjoy seeing all kinds of different…




How to Speak Color

Kirbi Fagan

March 28, 2023 - At your local hardware store, you will see paint colors with all sorts of names. Kettle black, Frosted Toffee, Aqua, but artists don’t refer to color this way. The reason is simple, it’s confusing! When you hear “Periwinkle” everyone has their own interpretation of what that color looks like. Artists have a system for naming colors to avoid these problems altogether. When describing a color, we can do so in two parts. Let’s take the color Red-violet for example.  RED-VIOLET The second word, “violet” refers to the general hue you see. This is going to be one of the secondary colors. Orange, Green, Violet. Second word = secondary color (easy to remember, right?) The first word is one of the three primary colors, red, yellow, or blue. Depending on which way the temperature leans, it will…



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