Making Art from Paint Chips: “So Different” (3 of 3)

Don Drake, who is the artist at Dreaming Mind, recently completed an edition of So Different.  When I saw the book, I loved his very creative and thought-provoking use of “white” paint chips. I’ve looked at a lot of paint chips and I’d never thought of using them in this way. But then that is what makes art so wonderful, many of us can look at the same starting materials and create such different art. Today is the last post about art using paint chips. From boxes, to flag book flags, to exploring perception of color.

Don says of his book, So Different:

“So Different was sparked by a routine conflict with a friend and the subconscious urges to forgive and punish that bubbled up. The result was a cycle of 4 short poems. I read them as psychic autopsies; an opportunity to stand aside and view the paradoxical logic the us-and-them. Paint chips seemed a perfect illustration for these character studies. Their subtle hues only take on real meaning when placed in a context and their names are crafted to evoke emotion and memory.”

Have you made art using paint chips? Feel free to post a link to your work in the comments section.


4 responses to “Making Art from Paint Chips: “So Different” (3 of 3)

  1. Hey! Thanks for including my book. There sure was a wide range of uses for paint chips represented in your series!

  2. What a great idea! I am drawn to snatch up paint samples as I cruise a hardware store thinking “There must be something I can do with these things,” but they lie in the bottom of my purse awaiting inspiration. THanks for that.
    Sue Inge

  3. This paint chip book is so compelling–I really love it.
    I’m afraid that I, too, am a paint chip filcher. I’ve used them to make notebooks like this:
    And this: Thanks for posting this book–really terrific!

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