watercolor Posts

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm

Organic Modern: 5 Pieces Inspired by Nature

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve written before about how often we, as designers, find inspiration in nature and the world around us. But this extends beyond live edge tables and botanical print fabrics. What we really get excited about is finding nature’s organic, imperfect qualities in pieces that are modern and fresh.

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1. The Swell Light’s curved form and light wood tones remind us of botanical pods.
2. The hues of this ocean current-like watercolor wall mural shift smoothly from soft to deeply intense.
3. We were blown away by the way the Cherry Bomb Fringe fixture resembles a lilting branch while still maintaining crisp, clean lines.
4. Nature is imperfect, and we love when design embraces that concept. The Mediterranean Rug by Loloi definitely does.
5. The intertwining branches of the Brazil Chair keep this piece clean and modern with their smooth, flawless finish.

Top Five Calendars to Start Your Year Off Right

By: Danielle Cornely

For some, a calendar is more than a list of days of the year; it’s like a personal assistant that keeps all of your schedules, plans, and goals organized in one place. While many have made the move from hard copy to digital, we’ve collected our top five calendars to convince you that print is not dead.

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Arina Pozdnyak puts a modern, emotive twist on the classic landscape with the Perpetual Calendar. Each month is a beautiful, meditative photograph that makes the calendar feel like an art collection.

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Simple and whimsical, this watercolor calendar by Flora Douville is handmade by the artist in France and is available in English and French.

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Graphic shapes and a soft pink hue combine to make this calendar by SNUG.TOYBLOCKS chic and versatile.

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We love this unique calendar by Stuart Greer for Fedrigoni! Created with designers in mind, this little guy won’t hog precious desk or wall space.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more environmentally conscious, the Isometric Risograph Calendar by Paper Pusher is for you. Printed on 100% recycled Oatmeal-Kraft paper with soy-based inks, its beautiful geometric designs are a feast for the eyes all year long.