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Art, Design + Photography Journal by Nat Coalson

Monochrome: Does it work for you?

Abstract Photography: Woodhouse 3 by Nat CoalsonI’ve always loved the effective use of well-coordinated, monochrome interiors.

I also make a lot of monochromatic art, such as the image to the right.

Monochrome simply means one hue (aka color or ‘chroma’).

A monochrome design can use varying shades—lighter and darker tones or values of the same hue—to create visual interest.

A pure monochrome scheme can have a very serene, calming, zen-like effect. To add sizzling sparks of visual energy, accentuate the design with pops of contrasting color.

Apartment Therapy recently published an article about monochromatic interiors along with some great images.

You can read that article here >

So what do you think? Do you like monochrome treatments? What are your favourite hues to use in monochrome designs?

Hotel Commission: Abstract Fine Art for Best Western Long Eaton

Nat Coalson Best Western Long EatonThe owners of the Best Western Long Eaton recently commissioned a large abstract artwork from me.

They provided photos of the hotel lobby and made a selection of images from my abstract collections.

My creative solution is a single, large photograph, mounted to rigid board, with a canvas simulated laminate. This treatment is both cost-effective and very durable—perfect for a high traffic space.

Abstract Photography: Festiva 07 by Nat CoalsonThe final selected image is No. 7 from my Festiva series.

My thanks to One Vision Imaging in Coventry for their excellent work producing the finished piece!

Important website updates

Over the past few months I’ve separated my fine art, travel photography and training for photographers into three different web sites. These changes are designed to make it easier for you to find exactly the information, services and products that interest you.

NatCoalson.com (you are here!)
Nat Coalson LogoThis is my Signature web site, where you can see my abstract fine art and learn about creative services for interior design. The artworks, and the web site content, are created for interior designers and private art collectors.

Portfolios showcase my abstract photography; case studies and examples explain my creative services. Find out about the many options for getting your own custom fine art, primarily designed for contemporary homes and hospitality properties.

PictorialJourneys.com
Pictorial Journeys LogoIf you love travel, nature and landscape photography this is the place for you. The new web site and blog features my extensive archives of images and stories made during my travels around the world.

You can also purchase fine art prints online, choosing from a wide range of sizes and materials.

PhotographyEssentials.net
Photography Essentials LogoFolks interested in learning about photography and digital imaging will find a smorgasbord of free articles, tips and tutorials on the most important aspects of fine image making. From camera reviews to how-to instructions on Photoshop and Lightroom and free photography critiques, there’s something for everyone serious about making their best photographs. You can also find out about my workshops, classes, tours and other photography events.

Each web site also has its own email newsletter.

With your free subscriptions you’ll receive messages featuring content relevant to each site:

  • from NatCoalson.com you’ll get fine art and interior design news,
  • Pictorial Journeys will send you exotic travel imagery and inspiring stories of life on the road, and
  • Photography Essentials is all about learning photography and imaging.

If you’re interested in the other sites sign up there, too—you won’t be subscribed automatically. As always, you can completely manage your profile settings and unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) at any time.

Beginning Spring 2015, look for more specialized news coming from each of the sites.

I hope you’ll enjoy these exciting changes and look forward to our continuing relationship.

Please feel free to get in touch any time with questions, comments or suggestions.

Talk to you soon!

PS – if you haven’t already, please take a moment to check that nat@natcoalson.com is in your address book. Thanks!

New Abstract Photograph: Invaluable Lessons

Abstract Photograph: Invaluable Lessons by Nat Coalson
Abstract photograph (negative) made in Seville, Spain. Features white outlines of rectangles against a black background. A large teal, horizontal strip dominates the lower third of the composition.

Fine art prints available in any size and on any material. Also available as handpainted, mixed media Original on canvas. Contact us for a custom quotation.

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New Abstract Photograph: Indigo Rhythms

Abstract Photograph: Indigo Rhythms by Nat Coalson
Abstract photograph made in Zadar, Croatia features rich, saturated hues of red, magenta and purple, contrasting against deep blue and black. The slim, vertical orientation displays dynamic energy created by strong diagonal lines and rhythmic translucent bars.

Fine art prints are available in any size and on any material. Also available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic.

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New Abstract Photograph: Interplanetary Traveler

Abstract Photograph: Planetary Traveler by Nat Coalson
Abstract photograph made in Paris, France. Horizontal image features a rough white square set against a textured field of deep browns and blacks, with diagonal lines and studded with blue specks.

Fine art reproductions are available in any size and on any material. Also available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic. Contact us for custom pricing.

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Designer Spotlight: Kevin Grima, Harrison

Kevin Grima, Harrison

Kevin Grima, Harrison

I recently had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with the work of Kevin Grima, a lead interior designer with Harrison. I love his work on the interiors for the Windmill Hotel. (See more Windmill photos here.)

Harrison is an international design firm headquartered in the UK with offices in the US. From the Harrison web site:

“Established in 1990, Harrison has the critical mass, skills base and flexibility to develop highly individual and successful hospitality retail designs as well as international branded offers with a broad scale rollout programme.

Yo! Sushi

Yo! Sushi

More specifically, our services include:

  • Brand positioning, creation and evolution
  • Brand design and development
  • Master planning
  • Space planning
  • Full project management

We like to think we are different from our competitors because we spend a great deal of time with our clients, understanding their ethos, their business journey and their ambitions for the future.”

Here’s what Kevin had to say about his work for leading clients in hospitality.

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Designer Spotlight: Yohandel Ruiz, RTKL Associates

Yohandel Ruiz, Senior Associate, RTKL

Yohandel Ruiz, Senior Associate, RTKL

Continuing my series of features about prominent interior designers working in hospitality, this installment I’m thrilled to present my interview with Yohandel Ruiz.

He’s a Senior Associate interior designer (LEED AP) with RTKL who has been described as “an energetic and highly creative member of RTKL’s Miami team”.

Yohandel has a background in interior architecture and FF&E with expertise in hospitality, residential and cruise ship projects. He has designed solutions for all facets of commercial and residential interiors, from complete hotel environments and luxury residences to custom furniture. Quoting an article from Cumberland Furniture, “Yohandel has developed a reputation for his ability to bring harmony to disparate elements and unity to contrasting materials.”

Having lived in Miami for over 25 years, Yohandel draws his inspiration from the city and has a vibrant passion for his work. He states, “I’m compulsive about design—about details, about making sure all the pieces fit together to make a cohesive and compelling space.”

Please feel free to share your comments, questions and suggestions at the end of the article.

(Click each image to see a larger version.)

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New Abstract Photograph: Untitled

Fine Art Abstract Photograph: Untitled by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Paris, France. Vertical format features a thin vertical line in orange hues over a textured field of deep browns and blacks.

Fine reproductions available in any size and on any material.

Also available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic.

Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Harmony

Fine Art Abstract Photograph: Harmony by Nat Coalson

This is another fine art abstract photograph I made in the underground cellar of a historic building in Barcelona, Spain.

The picture is dominated by three large, sweeping curves. The interiors of the curves are filled with luminous fields of colour in blue, pink and purple hues. Around the outside of the frame, the colours blend into rich gold and green hues.

Imagery can evoke powerful emotions and memories. Sometimes, as with this picture, the feelings are pleasant and harmonious … yet ethereal and undefined. The abstract forms presented here are reminiscent of beautiful things like flowers, jewelry and sunsets.

You can own this abstract photograph as a fine art reproduction in any size and on any material. This picture is especially beautiful as a large, mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic paint and metallic leaf. It also looks amazing printed on metal!

Contact us today for a quote on your own custom artwork.

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New Abstract Photograph: La Hermosa Música

Abstract Photography: Artigianale VI: La Hermosa Música by Nat Coalson

I made this fine art abstract photograph at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Spain.

(OK… just this once, I will tell you what it is: stained glass windows reflected on metallic wall tiles.)

The picture is bold and dramatic, dominated by multicolored squares of varying sizes set against deep black. This image is well suited as decorative art for contemporary interiors.

Fine art prints are available in any size and on any material. Also available as a mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic. Please contact us for your custom order.

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New Abstract Photograph: Artigianale V

Abstract Photography: Artigianale V by Nat Coalson

I made this fine art abstract photograph in the underground cellar of a 19th century building in Barcelona, Spain.

The vertical format, featuring strong, diagonal graphics, creates a lot of visual energy. The color palette is comprised of earth tones and ruddy hues in brush strokes set against a background of light gold with a very subtle grid pattern.

This image is available for purchase as a fine art print in any size and on any material. It works exceptionally well in contemporary interiors and hospitality settings.

It’s also available as a mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic and metallic foil.

Contact us to place your custom order.

Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Abstract Photograph: Heaven and Earth

Abstract Photograph: Heaven and Earth by Nat Coalson

This abstract photograph evokes ethereal feelings of gentle floating. I made this picture in Lecce, Italy.

A soft palette of pastel blues and earth tones is arranged in a flowing, horizontal orientation that divides the picture in equal, vertical halves.

This minimalist artwork is available as a fine art print in any size and on any material, including mixed media Original on canvas with acrylic embellishing.

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New Abstract Photograph: The Sultan’s Mystique

Abstract Photography: Artigianale IV: The Sultan's Mystique by Nat Coalson

I made this fine art abstract photograph deep in the underground cellars of a historic building in Barcelona, Spain.

Prominent visual features include bright fields of warm gold and copper hues punctuated by subtle grid patterns. A large square, formed of smaller blocks, creates a strong focal point.

A truly exotic image, this evokes emotions of warmth and nostalgia, a comfort in familiar memories of good times in the past and a gentle reassurance that intrinsic beauty is timeless. Even when old, crumbling and tarnished, the pride of craftsmanship and an appreciation of the finer things in life remain.

Contemporary interiors such as hotels and luxury private residences come alive with the enchanting beauty of this abstract imagery.

You can own this artwork as a mixed media Original on canvas, which I lovingly embellish by hand using acrylic paints and metallic foils.

Also available as a fine art print in any size and on any material. Licensing for digital display may also be considered.

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Nat's work now represented by DAC

DAC Art ConsultingWe’re excited to announce that Nat’s art and photography is now being represented by DAC Art Consulting, one of the premier art consulting firms based in the U.S.

DAC has been serving the art consulting needs of the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors since 1982 and has a long tradition of developing creative artistic solutions that provide a customized setting for every client.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DAC works with both U.S. and international clients.

Click here to visit the DAC web site

New Abstract Photograph: Touch

Abstract Photograph: Touch by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain with subtle shapes and a neutral, monochromatic palette.

This work inspires feelings of hope and of transcending the barriers that separate us from the things we love. A lone individual, reaching out through the void, tries to make contact with something larger.

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media original on canvas. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

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