Outside The Lines

Fun readings about Color, Art and Segmation!


October 31, 2014

Benjamin West – The American Raphael

His art was noticed by all. In that time, and throughout his career, Benjamin West influenced many artists in Britain and America. As he painted, he taught others the intricacies of his style and elevated the practice of painting historical art. Looking beyond his influence, one truth remained constant: Benjamin West was Britain’s “American Raphael.” To this day his art is showcased and his talent is noticed.


October 29, 2014

The Evolution of Crayola Crayon Colors

Today, there are over 120 Crayola crayon colors. A far cry from the 8 colors Binney & Smith first presented in 1903. Color seems to be one of life’s constants. Crayola might agree; their colorful crayons don’t change, they multiply. Crayola might have 330 shades by 2050. Therefore, it is safe to say “…Crayola’s gonna need a bigger box.


October 23, 2014

Crisp Imagery through Color Enhancing Technology

It is safe to assume you see images through 3 color sensors. Can you imagine seeing an image through 36 sensors?

Learn about the research leading to a “multispectral imaging system capable of ..[processing].. 36 colour channels.”

If our handheld devices adopt 36 color channels someday, the colors we see onscreen will appear more true to life.


October 21, 2014

Graphic Designer Creates a Different TYPE of Art

What is your favorite font? You might use Calibri, Arial, Tahoma, or Times New Roman. Franca develops fonts that are seen online and in print. He has developed fonts for reading purposes and as parts of advertisements. He even designed labels for beer bottles.


October 16, 2014

An Artist’s Story of Taking Risks and Staying Determined

With a studio in place, Alexis knew it was up to her to bring in women to photograph. She began pounding the pavement, working 50 hours a week to network and market her unique services. All the while, Alexis knew that what she told the women she photographed applied to her, too. “Be true to yourself and stick to it,” she would say.

Like many artists, Alexis had talent. But beyond talent, she worked hard to make her dreams come true. The evolution of her career involved taking risks, working hard, and overcoming obstacles. As she took time to navigate the rocky terrain of the path she chose, she remained focused on the most important thing: being true to the artist inside her.


October 10, 2014

Colorful Jewelry Inspired by Classic Art

This jewelry is rare because designers craft pieces to reflect famous artwork. At this biannual event, collectors are presented with high fashion jewelry created by top designers. Art and jewelry merge at this year’s Biennale des Antiquaires.


October 7, 2014

James Ostrer’s Junk Food Art

Humans love junk food. And many of us are addicted to it (which some claim is the food industry’s goal.) When considering this truth, it is safe to say that junk food has changed the face of our culture.

One artist, photographer James Ostrer decided to explore this phenomenon with his latest series, entitled, “Wotsit All About?”


October 2, 2014

COLORI – The Vibrancy of Philanthropy

After the overwhelming success of a trunk show for friends, she decided to go bigger and set up a shop on Mission Street, a neighborhood known for its old world furniture shops and fine French restaurants. The products in her shop are diverse (bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, keychains, leather shoes, and much more) but they all hold one thing in common: rich color.