Our Artist profile today is California-based Aaron Smith.
I’m crazy about Aaron’s oil paintings. They blur the line between traditional portraits and contemporary abstracts.
Aaron says, “The Victorian/Edwardian eras have always captured my attention. For years I’ve collected vintage photographs of men of the period. These men for me represent a masculine ideal, if largely a constructed one. Their bearded faces and distinguished attire are spectacular, while their stiff poses and serious expressions belie a certain vulnerability.”
Let’s take a look at that masculine ideal, shall we?
Told ya they were great.
Y’all can keep up with Aaron and his musings on his blog Mucksnipe.com
and his art on his site AaronSmithArt.com
But if ya really wanna see where Aaron’s inspiration comes from. His Pinterest page is overflowing with vintage – and current – photographs, paintings, and sketches of men.
I picked up this idea from the DIY network. We pretty much stream that channel in this house all weekend while we are doing projects.
Fracture is a cool-as-heck site that will print any picture you have on a piece of glass (either wall hanging or with a cardboard easel on the back).
Prices seem pretty reasonable too.
That’s about what it would cost to print a photo and buy a matt/frame.
I thought ,”What the Heck?”, why not commemorate our 36 hours in Key West with a piece of art?
I choose this one.
Because…….every other time we go to Key West alone, and I take this same shot myself with my arm extended….and it looks like this…..
See what I mean? Not this trip. We thought ahead and brought a photographer (My brother Ben)….and then dragged him to all those spots where we have always wanted decent pictures taken.
Anyhoo, I uploaded our picture to the Fracture site, choose my size, No border, wall hanging, and pressed the “Place Order” button.
I even Googled a discount code (RFR19835) for 5 dolla’s off….(That means that you folks can try the 8″ picture for only 5 bucks right now, go on, try it)
It takes about 2 weeks to process, so I’ll keep y’all up to date on how she looks when we get her.
Have ya heard of this yet?
Sherwin Williams has an app for your pc, “Chip It” , that can match Sherwin Williams paint colors to any inspiration picture you can find.
Just paste the app on your favorites bar, press it when you find a picture you like, then hover your cursor the over the picture……Amazing, right?
Example, here are a couple of pictures from my Pinterest page…with coordinating Sherwin Williams colors…
It works so well with Pinterest, that I thought I would see what color suggestions we get with some pictures from the ol’ homestead…
Looks like we have our color pallet down already.