#134 Vision & Clarity

 
#134 Vision & Clarity
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Celebrating 2020 — New Year, New Decade

Amper­Art #134 Vision & Clar­i­ty is a com­bi­na­tion of two con­cepts, one year apart: The orig­i­nal illus­tra­tion of eye­glass­es form­ing an amper­sand for the num­ber 2020 was cre­at­ed in Decem­ber 2018, a year in advance of its intend­ed release. Then, short­ly before New Year 2020, the Pan­tone® Col­or of the Year was announced for 2020, which is Pan­tone® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue. The Amper­Art design was then mod­i­fied to reflect Pantone’s phi­los­o­phy for choos­ing this col­or:
 
“Sug­ges­tive of the sky at dusk, the reas­sur­ing qual­i­ties of the thought-​provoking PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue high­light our desire for a depend­able and sta­ble foun­da­tion on which to build as we cross the thresh­old into a new era.
“Imprint­ed in our psy­ches as a rest­ful col­or, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue brings a sense of peace and tran­quil­i­ty to the human spir­it, offer­ing refuge. Aid­ing con­cen­tra­tion and bring­ing laser like clar­i­ty, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue re-​centers our thoughts. A reflec­tive blue tone, Clas­sic Blue fos­ters resilience.”
 
Hence, the com­bined con­cepts of (1) vision & clar­i­ty, which allow us to expe­ri­ence (2) the infi­nite beau­ty of the sky inspired by Pan­tone Clas­sic Blue, make up this art­work.


Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Pan­tone has been part of my entire career, when it was the pre­mier stan­dard for ensur­ing con­sis­tent col­or from the draw­ing board to the press. (And that’s about all — this is before dig­i­tal any­thing. No mon­i­tors, no inter­net, no print­ers. Can you fath­om that?) At that time, in the 60s, 70s & ear­ly 80s, Pan­tone dealt only with the graph­ics indus­try. It has since become the author­i­ty on col­or for home and busi­ness décor, fab­rics, plas­tics, and dig­i­tal media. And since 1999, begin­ning with Cerulean, Pan­tone has influ­enced the world with its Pan­tone Col­or of the Year. 

For more infor­ma­tion on Pan­tone 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​c​o​l​o​r​-​f​i​n​d​e​r​/19 – 4052-​TCX

For infor­ma­tion about Pan­tone, and their time­line of devel­op­ment, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​/​a​b​o​u​t​-​p​a​n​t​one

 

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#138 Health & Happiness

 
138 Health & Happiness
#138 Health & Happiness
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Wishing you Health & Happiness in 2019

Wealth, pros­per­i­ty, excite­ment, fun, adventure…I wish all of that for you. But for the com­ing year I espe­cial­ly am hop­ing for opti­mal health for every­one. You see, a few stel­lar friends of mine need health more than any­thing in the com­ing year. One man of the high­est integri­ty has been in the hos­pi­tal way too long due to a “mis­take” by the sur­geon, anoth­er dear friend (whom I call my “big sis­ter”) is deal­ing with a bout of pleurisy & pneu­mo­nia, & anoth­er is doing her best to live with the ugly c word. I whol­ly believe the can­cer­ous cells don’t have a chance against this brave, upbeat, beau­ti­ful woman who sparkles every sin­gle day in spite of it all. She also sug­gest­ed the title for this piece, far bet­ter than my orig­i­nal “Hap­py & Healthy” — as I real­ly want­ed to place health first. & once my “oops” patient is healed, he’ll live to 100 & more, hap­py & healthy as ever. As for my broth­er, I hope for his back surgery to final­ly “take” this year so he can leave behind the pain he’s endured for over 20 years.

For all of you, my loy­al sub­scribers, thanks for anoth­er year of sup­port­ing my per­son­al project, Amper­Art. I hope it brings you hap­pi­ness. I wish it could deliv­er health as well, but once in awhile there’s an arti­cle about that, too.

Hap­py New Year!


Concept

The mes­sage was inspired by my friends who real­ly need 2019 to be a bet­ter year health­wise. The col­or, which reflects health & hap­pi­ness, is Pan­tone Col­or of the Year 2019. It is called, appro­pri­ate­ly, Liv­ing Coral. The typog­ra­phy is inspired by some work I’ve been doing late­ly for silent film titles.

Vis­it Pan​tone​.com about Pan­tone 16 – 1546 Liv­ing Coral, Col­or of the Year 2019.


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Production notes for #138 Health & Happiness:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Fonts:Akura Popo (“Health”), Ragg Mopp (“Happiness”), Speedball No. 3 (ampersand)

Ampersand: Speedball No. 3
Background color: Pantone Color of the Year 2019, 16 – 1546 Living Coral
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#98 Fresh & Alive

 
 

#98 Fresh & Alive color of Pantone Greenery

 #98 Fresh & Alive
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Pantone Greenery is Color of the Year for 2017

In a stark con­trast from last year’s rather dull pas­tel Col­ors of the Year, Pan­tone has intro­duced a Fresh & Alive col­or (back to just one, too) for 2017: Green­ery 15 – 0343.

No more diaper poo

What a refresh­ing change (of dia­pers) from last year’s dull, infan­tile Col­ors of the Year for 2016, Rose Quartz & Seren­i­ty — or as I call them, Putrid Pink & Bland Blue. I can still smell the whiffs of dia­per poo from these bor­ing baby room col­ors. (No, I’ve nev­er had chil­dren. Can you guess why? And besides that, they’d grow up to be derelict I’m sure, because I would paint their room in sol­id black, my favorite col­or, & all their toys would be var­i­ous shapes of amper­sands. Of course I’d name my kids &y and &rea.)

Trees, grass & crisp green apples

Granny Smith color of Pantone GreeneryThis year it’s the fresh & alive scent of tall trees, crisp cel­ery, crunchy Granny Smith apples, tart limes, a freshly-​mown lawn & just-​plucked sprigs of mint*:

Pantone Greenery 15 – 0343

I hope this vibrant col­or catch­es on, because the fresh & alive hue will cer­tain­ly bright­en up our days, whether in print, paint, or prod­ucts. I’ll proud­ly wear a T shirt in Pan­tone Green­ery with the CMYK and RGB specs print­ed on it (54 0 100 0 /​ 132 189 0). You wouldn’t have caught me dead wear­ing Putrid Pink & Bland Blue last year.

mint color of Pantone Greenery

 

*Add this secret ingre­di­ent to your home­made meat­balls: a few chopped fresh & alive mint leaves. That’s what would sep­a­rate my mom’s deli­cious meat­balls from the rest.

 


Specs

Pan­tone Green­ery is pre­sent­ed as the sol­id back­ground in Amper­Art #98 Fresh & Alive. Here are the specs for the Pan­tone 2017 Col­or of the Year:

Green­ery 15 – 0343
Graph­ics (clos­est match): Pan­tone 376 C /​ RGB 132 189 0 /​ CMYK 54 0 100 0 /​ HEX 84BD00
The Fash­ion + Home and Plas­tic for­mu­las are slight­ly dif­fer­ent. See here.

Vis­it Pan​tone​.com for fresh & alive col­or insights.

 

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Production notes for #98 Fresh & Alive:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
Font: Capistrano (modified)
Ampersand: a fresh & alive squiggle
Credits:
Ladybug: istock​pho​to​.com /​ photograph by dionisvero
Apple: fit​ness​.stack​ex​change​.com
Mint: ingofwall​pa​pers​.com
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