1. August 29, 2013
    vintage color studies

    vintage color study | Pinegate Road

    In high school I took my first painting class my sophomore year. During that class, I filled up a sketchbook (or two) of watercolor samples, strokes from different paintbrushes, and learned how important it was to practice and classify the different tools and techniques you use in a particular set of skills. I still have yet to manage this with calligraphy, but it’s definitely on my someday-list! I love looking back to this sketchbook to see not only how far I’ve come as an artist, but also to look back at how those fundamentals in practice and color theory really trained me as an artist before I ever knew that graphic design existed. When I saw these vintage color studies, I immediately thought back to this class and how much I miss working with color in a tangible way. Just check out the tonal quality of these colors. I’m pretty into it. Also, picking tones from physical practice is something that you just really can’t emulate in the digital environment. Add more water to a color, or drop a home-mixed black right in; that’s just all sorts of crazy when you’re used to one-click attainment. I don’t know if I’m ready to bust out my old watercolors—and I’d be really surprised if they were actually useable and not completely dried up at this point—but these are helping me reevaluate how I got about picking colors. Annnnnd I really miss painting. Just putting that out there.

    vintage color study | Pinegate Road

    vintage color study | Pinegate Road

    vintage color study | Pinegate Road

    vintage color study | Pinegate Road

    How do you go about picking colors? Do you usually find inspiration online, or do you look to things physically to figure that out? While I don’t think I’ll be losing my online research anytime soon, it’s always nice to look to alternative routes, right?

    Sidenote, that calligraphy is killer.

  2. July 10, 2013


    Weird thought, but wouldn’t it be cool if it rained in these hues?


  3. April 17, 2013

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | the inspiration | Pinegate Road

    Today, I think we have a real treat for you all. Maybe you’ve noticed that over the past couple months Pinegate Road has started to delve a little into design theory, and a little bit more on practice. This might be my thesis’ influence, but this deeper discussion on design and meaning has been popping up all over it seems. I think everyone’s getting a little bit curious about their own practices, so looking deeper into the how’s and why’s is only natural. A couple months ago I was happily struck by one of Rashi’s posts on iteration—she realized that she was fed up with ‘good enough’ and wanted to move towards ‘great’ with her design. She found that through not settling, and creating a couple more iterations, she was able to feel like she really accomplished something with her final design. Paired with my thoughts on inspiration, Rashi and I decided to create a collaborative project where we would be ‘inspired’ by the same image, iterate through the process, and present our work. Showing our process, and how we work as graphic designers is something that we both wanted to explore more, and showing how the same inspiration can find its way into the work of two different projects is really just the cherry on top. This will be a four-part series that we’ll be presenting on each of our blogs every other Wednesday, so I hope you’ll join along on this tandem creative adventure!

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | the brainstorming | Pinegate Road

    For part one, Rashi and I are both working from the image above, photograph by Ruby James. When I first start working on a project, I like to start with a word map to get all of the perceived meaning out of my head and onto paper. From here I usually start to find themes in my thinking and start to pick up on how the project might start to shape. When working through this process, I really started thinking about beauty, turning sadness into happiness, vintage aesthetics, and empathy based on that golden tear. After getting this out onto paper, I came up with a few ideas from which to work. The thing about my process is, is that I almost never end up creating what I set out to in this section. While I decided to create a sympathy card, small tweaks in my un-written process happened that lead me to think about the saying: “Sorry I’m not sorry.” This is a favorite of my friend Megan. She’s pretty much fearless, and this describes her attitude towards life in so many ways. While not rude, she’s always going to be herself, and she’ll never be sorry about showing that. As I started thinking about it, I realized that this saying was really turning around a sympathetic reaction—perfect reflection in regards to the golden tear running down the woman’s face in the photo.

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | the iterating | Pinegate Road

    I started off doing what I normally do: I letter. I went through sketches and tracings, and more sketches to work out the lettering for this project. When I got through a couple versions,  I realized that it just wasn’t feeling right. The tear is creating a flowing line, almost geometric, and I wanted to bring back in the vintage feeling as well as some gold elements. I decided to create a card that had the saying printed in a bold sans serif, with a gold overlay, in an envelope with some vintage-inspired fabric as the liner. You know, because I have that kind of thing laying around here. Really.

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | happy mistakes | Pinegate Road

    FAIL. This is one of those happy accidents that happens when you get into the thick of creating. When I tried to iron on the gold overlay, it crinkled up the paper, and melted the ink leaving these deep wood-like grooves in the green part of the card. While the gold might have looked pretty neat, I was so intrigued by how this accident created a pattern that flowed with the fabric I was using for the envelope liner. Sometimes, you just need to embrace these kinds of things.

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | The Letter | Pinegate Road ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | fabric-lined envelope | Pinegate Road ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | The Envelope | Pinegate Road

    From here, I assembled the final piece and mailed this letter out to my friend Megan, who inspired the saying. While disperate from the original photograph, I think the intentions ring true to how it inspired me. I even added a little bit of gold with the washi tape on the envelope, as well as a note of the script with how I addressed the envelope. With an open-ended project goal, I was more interested in following where the process lead than trying to dictate it based on my initial thoughts. What I learned most importantly from this project was to embrace mistakes, and to practice creating without the fear of failure. When there was no end goal, I was free to have fun and work on a whim, and I was able to send my friend a rad note that will possibly make her day. That kind of makes it all worth-while in my mind.

    ITERATIVE INSPIRATION | part one | Rashi's Work | Pinegate Road

    I hope you enjoyed this first part of the new collaborative project! Hopefully this might inspire you to look into some of your own creative processes a little more closely to learn some valuable lessons about your work, and about yourself. Head on over to Bucket of Squash to see how Rashi was inspired by this photograph, and check in soon for another iterative inspiration in a couple weeks!

  4. March 7, 2013

    Color Study, a quirky pastel room, 65

    How fun would it be to hang out in this room for a day? I could see myself dreaming up so many neato new ideas.


  5. February 21, 2013
    ART THAT’S INSPIRING | lulie wallace, painter

    Lulie Wallace - Art That's Inspiring - Pinegate Road

    I think one of these needs to come home with me. Today, I’m completely transfixed by the beautiful color and texture found in these paintings by Lulie Wallace. I was happy to find out that she is an artists who practices in Savannah’s sister city, Charleston. For more on her and her work, check out her website. These are seriously so good, and there are many more where that came from!

  6. February 20, 2013
    DIY | large painting for above a mantle

    DIY large painting for over the mantle - Pinegate Road - A DIY Project

    I finally did it you guys! I’ve seriously had this project prepped for months, and plans to get it done for years. Yeah, you got that one right! Last night I had the perfect mix of getting out of my night class early, my computer packed away in my bag, and enough energy left to not just sit on my couch at eat kettle corn and watch jeopardy. The kettle corn kind of still happened, but only after I was waiting for this baby to dry and I was going mad after breathing in fumes for an hour or two. Yeah. That quite possibly happened.

    Anyways! I wanted to share the process of how I created this so you might be inspired to create your own large painting for above a mantle — or really anywhere for that matter. When I first moved to Savannah I scored this huge canvas at a local art store for a whopping $30. I’ve since used it as a blank canvas to work out some lettering details and as a backdrop for several spray-painted projects. It was more or less a work station for my messy endeavors. I always knew that I wanted to turn it into a fun painting for above my mantle, but I never had the vision or the time to just go for it. This fall, when the explosion of the dalmatian / snow leopard / black and white polka dot explosion happened all over pinterest, I knew I’d found my pattern. That was totally a thing, right? It wasn’t just me? Ok, good. (EDIT: Note, this article). So I set off to find some cheap paints—you can clearly see from the top of this painting that the white acrylic paint I was using at first clearly wasn’t working out for me. After spending a total of probably $10 I bought two small cans of white and black wall paint along with some cheap brushes I could toss out after this was finished.

    DIY large painting for over the mantle - Pinegate Road - Steps on how to create a large DIY painting for above a mantle


    —large canvas

    —small can of white paint (or whatever color you want your base color to be)

    —small can of black paint (or whatever color you want your dots to be)

    —four brushes: one large for prepping the canvas, and three of varying sizes for your dots

    For this project, I started by prepping the canvas with white paint. I used the largest brush to cover over the paint that I’d already gotten all over my canvas. After waiting about 30 minutes—and I suggest waiting longer, I’m just terribly impatient—you can start getting dotty. Starting with your largest brush, create an all-over pattern consisting of your largest dots. With your medium sized brush, go around and start to create smaller clusters of dots, leaving some of the large dots in singular spaces. This rhythm creates more of an art-like piece with the composition rather than creating an roll-over pattern. Just a little. I’m sure real artists friends are cringing at this description! Sorry guys! Next, take your smallest brush and place dots around where you made these more dense clusters. Now, you wait. As I did this, I quickly noticed that I had over-saturated my paintbrush and a lot of the dots started to run. I kind of liked the look, but if you don’t want this effect, make sure to use just the right amount of paint. Once dry, I hung the painting upside down above my mantle. I liked the way the drips now faced upward, giving a different kind of effect.

    DIY large painting for over the mantle - Pinegate Road - loving the messy contrast

    I’d love to see if you decide on using this tutorial to dot anything of your own!

    DIY large painting for over the mantle - Pinegate Road - perfect for high ceilings

    I hope you enjoyed this DIY on how to create a large painting for above a mantle — I LOOOOVE mine, and it works so great with my high ceilings! I made a vine of the process if you want to check out a little more of how this project was done. If you’re on vine and would like more insights to the process behind my daily creations, search for me under Kelsey Cronkhite.

    Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

  7. February 14, 2013
    ART THAT’S INSPIRING | matthew rose

    Matthew Rose - collage artist - art that's inspiring - Pinegate Road

    Kind of going wild over these collage works by artist Matthew Rose. Ch-ch-check it out.

  8. February 13, 2013
    COLOR STUDY | sixty – three, marcelo gnomes

    Color Study, sixty three, pinegate road

    Pretty perfect for this Wednesday. I typed Tuesday at first—I definitely needed this punch of color, see?

    SOURCE — via Design for Mankind

  9. January 14, 2013
    ART THAT’S INSPIRING | tatiana musi

    Tatiana Musi - ART THAT'S INSPIRING on Pinegate Road

    These paintings by Tatiana Musi are just my speed. You all know my love affair for quirky natural artwork, and these certainly hit that chord. For more of Tatiana’s work, check out her portfolio. Now, I’m off to get lost in more of these beauts!

  10. October 25, 2012
    photography and illustration integration

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel

    It’s been a while since I’ve shared some general inspiration on here. I think my pinning tendencies have lead me to believe that I’m sharing inspiration more than I really am. Anyways, I always love me a good photography and illustration integration! These photos are right up my alley with amazing colors, looks, and some hand-drawn natural elements thrown in the mix. When two different mediums can combine like this, it’s usually magic in the making.

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel

    Illustration and photography mix - beaute naturel


    Photographer: Carlotta Mainago
    Magazine: Mixte
    Stylist: Belén Casadevall
    Model: Tanya Dziahileva


















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