Featured Creative — Glendine Aimes

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Glendine Aimes of Aimes Batik Studio is an accomplished batik artist and creator of wearable art. Her tropically inspired , brightly colored designs, land on cotton and silk fabric, capturing the ambience of the island of Barbados.

Trained in art at The Grantley Adams Memorial School and the Barbados Community College, Glendine started Aimes Batik Studio in 1991. Batik is a traditional craft which uses wax as the resist in combination with reactive dyes to create designs on white or lightly colored fabric. Glendine uses this technique to create sarongs, scarves, soft furnishings and wall hangings of many sizes.These bold and exceptional pieces are sold in shops around the island and at selected markets.

You may contact Glendine on Email at suzieloojt @ gmail.com or by phone at(246)4332226 or (246)8217046.  Visit her on Facebook at Aimes Batik Studio.

The Friday Five — More Color Links and T’Ings

SONY DSC This month I feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface of the subject of color. So I’ve taken a bit of creative license and let April slip into May.  Please enjoy these wonderful links and a glimpse into how I will embrace my inner child.

In a previous post, I discussed a genetic condition known as tetrachomacy.  Here’s a couple of links to some other conditions with respect to seeing and responding to color:

An artist with synesthesia sees color everywhere–in math formulas, in music–you name it.  See how she interprets music with paint.  (via Visual News)

New hope for people with color blindness.  Valspar paints and Enchroma have partnered to create color blindness correcting glasses.  Enjoy a short write up and a link to the video by Renee Phillips of The Healing Power of Arts and Artists.

Groovy man!  Take a look at this revamp of a homeless shelter in India.  (via Creative Boom)

If it isn’t already obvious, I’m a big fan of the blog Visual News.  Have a look at the color infused pop up art of Bozka.

Embracing my inner child and managing stress at the same time.  I recently purchased a coloring book by Millie Marotta entitled “Animal Kingdom” (photo above).  The book is filled with amazing ink sketches of flora and fauna that is just waiting for my touch with colored pencils.  I can hardly wait!

50 Shades of Wonderful–The Beauty of Tetrachromacy

2015-02-15 13.02.22Since I began painting, I have trained my eyes to see.  Not only shapes and pleasing compositions but color as well.  I didn’t set out with this specific intent–I think I simply learned by osmosis or, more simply, by observing–A LOT.

When I first started, the grass was green, a red flower was red and the sea was blue.  These days when I look at the sea, I know its color will be a result of the depth of the ocean, what’s in the ocean and what’s under the ocean.  The amount of cloud cover and sunlight will affect the color of the sea as well.

When I paint the Caribbean Sea, I use a myriad of blues–Ultramarine on the horizon, were the ocean is deep.  Ultramarine then merges with Pthalo Blue and Pthalo Green, and depending on the day, transitions to Peacock Blue.  On sunny days there are often ribbons of cool violets and greens.  Moving closer to the shore, in shallower waters, moss covered rocks lend an Army Green tinge to the water, while at the shoreline there is only a hint of the most transparent Aqua influenced by a yellowish tinge in the sand.  Cloud cover greatly reduces the number of colors seen and turns blues steely.

So I have learned to see as an artist, but I am still a mere mortal–a “trichromat”.  There are those who walk among us with enhanced color perception and they are known as tetrachromats.  Talk about visual stimulation!  Tetrachromats have additional color receptors in their retinas, allowing them to see 100 times more shades of color than we mere mortals, and we can see up to one million shades.

Tetrachromacy is a genetic trait present only in women.  Many may not realize that they possess this potential; however it can be developed through artistic training.  In fact, many tetrachromats may unknowingly be draw to the fields of art and design.  How cool is that?