Updated: Jan 10, 2020
This week I talk to the amazing artist Lisa Solomon! Lisa is a studio artist, educator, and graphic designer. Solomon received her BA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Solomon, being half Japanese and half Caucasian, is interested in the idea of hybridization and mixed media work. Her work revolves around themes of domesticity, craft, and archetypes of masculinity and femininity. Obsessed with color theory, she is naturally drawn to altering objects conceptually so that their meanings and original intended uses are repurposed. Putting the "wrong" things together to recontextualize their purpose is her craft. She is also profoundly interested in bridging the gaps between being creative, living creatively, and making a living as a creative. Her drawings and installations have been featured at numerous national and international venues. Currently teaching at San Francisco State University, she also regularly teaches art at various colleges in the Bay Area. She has exhibited and worked with galleries both nationally and internationally, is in numerous private and public collections, and is continually tweaking artworks in her backyard studio. She resides in Oakland, California, with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and many, many spools of thread.
Her book, A Field Guide to Color: A Watercolor Workbook will boost your color IQ and discover your personal palette with a hands-on, modern guide to color theory. Part sketchbook, part tutorial, A Field Guide to Color is a fun take on color theory for crafters, creatives, and anyone looking to understand the world of color. Using watercolors, gouache, or any other waterbased medium, artist and art teacher Lisa Solomon presents 30 journal exercises to dive into color theory basics. They include color experiments and color meditations that allow you to play and explore with color, and a mini lexicon of terms so you can better understand the plethora of color systems. A Field Guide to Color is perfect for both beginners and creatives looking to deepen their practice.