Principals and Elements of Design...Variety

Time for your monthly dose of art education here on Sweet Stella's! This month, we are talking about the art principle variety.

Defined as....Variety is the quality or state of having different forms or types, notable use of contrast, emphasis, difference in size and color. source 

And visually explained very easily in miniature pieces of art! The use of contrast, and the variations in the actual physical size of the canvases aid in giving the pieces variety.


While fairly monochromatic, this piece does a great job of showing variety. There is contrast in tone and the scale of the piece, as well as movement and variety in line.


I love how this piece embraces variety. There are five different southwest inspired colours in this painting, all of which flow together to create unity and harmony. Line and movement is important in this piece. When these five elements are used in one piece, variety is achieved!

How would you explain the design principle variety?

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Achieving Balance through Art and Design

A couple of months ago, I was asked to create a leaflet for the Argyle Art in the Park with something informative.

I got thinking about the elements and principals of art. Way back in highschool, these were things that our studio teacher Mr. Flink would drill into our brains, and little did I know how much I would use them later in life in my professional career.





Every day in my studio, I think about contrast, line, movement, space and form.

I strive to use these principals to create a balanced design, albeit a less traditional form of balance. You'll see that many of my paintings are weighted to one side, be it the top, left, right or bottom. I use contrasting colours to offset the weight, dry brushing with drips and am conscious of the space within the painting itself {ie: background, middle ground, foreground...creating layers for depth}.

Feel free to use the leaflet to become educated in the elements and principals of art...hopefully it will help you understand what an abstract artist does and that it not just all haphazard design.

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Kristine Cook Designs...Structured Jacket


I've been trying to write this post for about a week...and I'm not quite sure than any words that I can spill out into a blogpost will accurately describe just how in love I am with this beautiful coral jacket that Kristine has designed for me.

From the pleated pockets to the beautiful button closure....the polka dotted lining to the abstract ruffles down the side
Stunning colour!

She just got me when she was designing this jacket. It's so incredibly detailed, and on trend, and artistic.

Not to mention well made. The entire jacket is lined with the beautiful polka dots {love!}, with the pleat and structured sides. I have never owned a jacket so beautiful, and likely never will again. It's quickly become a favourite in my wardrobe.


How perfect is that!!


I love that I can take it from day to night, and I fully plan on it at BlogHer. During the day, paired with dark skinny jeans, a white tank that hits just below the jacket, and gold gladiator sandals (or black peep toe ballet flats with a ruffle on the top) and some awesome designs from Amber Bryce. During the evening, paired with a pencil skirt and pulling my hair up. Easy peasy, but oh so awesome!

Sneak peek at my new hair!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Atutudes Handmade Tutu's


What’s that? A new sponsor for my journey to BlogHer’12? You betcha!! Introducing the prettiest and most fashionable couture tutu’s around…made by none other than Kristal Lee of Atutudes Handmade Tutu’s



I started looking at the party schedule for BlogHer’12 and I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed looking at the timing of everything, all of the options, and all of the different themes. Burgers in bed {holla!}, multicultural-esque festivals…and then came the word I’d been dreaming about…
Sparklecorn


Have you heard about it? The glitter and the glowsticks? Well…I have and I must admit, I have no idea what to wear. It’s one thing to wrap your head around a fabulous peplum cocktail dress for a night out on the town in NYC, but a totally different thing to wrap your head around what you’ll need for a night of dancing…with glitter.

Kristal to the rescue!! I’ve been encouraging her for a long while now to create some couture adult tutu’s…tea length…big and full…lovely and dreamy. Well…now she’s creating me one, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Stay tuned as I reveal design specs and talk about the process to creating the perfect Sparklecorn look!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Sharpie Lampshade

A new month...a new room in our house to design!

I'm moving onto the Master Bedroom, and while I absolutely loved our old master, I'm excited for our new one.

Dark rich hardwood floors, a walkin closet that seems to go on for days (my Husband is particularly excited about this!) and an ensuite...with heated ceramic floors! Simply divine!

I want the room to reflect us as a couple and the story of us

One thing that I'm going to do is this...



It's just perfect. A simple lampshade, written on with a sharpie.

I'm leaning toward our wedding vows or lyrics from our first dance song, Memories of Us by Keith Urban