New Abstract Photograph: Hum Another Bar

Abstract Photograph: Hum Another Bar by Nat Coalson:

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain presents thick black bars overlapping thin grid lines in a neutral, monochromatic palette.

The desaturated colours and strong graphics are reminiscent of a piano keyboard, creating visceral and intellectual engagement. This abstract work makes a bold statement in contemporary interiors, especially in large sizes. 

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.

New Abstract Photograph: Geometry Lesson

Abstract Photograph: Geometry Lesson by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain depicts geometric shapes and a simple color palette of blue and turquoise, accented by a white triangle with a subtle grid pattern.

Prints available in any size and on any material, including mixed media with acrylic on canvas.

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Designer Spotlight: 1point0

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz - 1point0 Interior Design Consultants

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz, 1point0

Warren Gyulay and Diane Paz are co-founders of 1point0, a boutique interior design firm based in Toronto, Canada.

I first met Diane and Warren in autumn 2013 at HD Americas in Miami and was impressed with both their professionalism and engaging personalities. We shared a very enjoyable evening of eating, drinking and talking at length about interior design, the hospitality industry and (of course) art and photography.

The duo have produced many highly successful interiors projects during their respective careers. Today, as an entrepreneurial team, they are overcoming challenges not only related to meeting client requirements but also in managing and growing their design business.

In this article, Diane and Warren share their background and experience, business insights and creative process. Interior designers—both professionals and students—will find their story helpful and inspiring.

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: Artigianale III

Abstract Photography: Artigianale III by Nat Coalson

This fine art abstract photograph was made in the back alleys of Seville, Spain. The vertical design features cool, blue-gray hues surrounded by orange. Works perfectly as decor in a wide range of contemporary interiors.

Available as a Limited Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic and many other print options. Custom sizes made to order.

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New Abstract Photograph: Blue Coil

Abstract Photography: Blue Coil by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy depicts various blue hues with subtle textures. Great for decorating a wide range of modern interiors.

This image is available as fine art reproductions in any size and on any material, including mixed media Original on canvas.

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eye [ sore ] Picasso Portrait Puzzler

Nat-Coalson-New-Century-Room-800px-1My wife Ruth and I are staying at the Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing.

Since we arrived at the hotel, we’ve been living with this hideous monstrosity staring at us from high on the wall!

This is such a perfect example of design fail that I just had to write about it.

And I’m inspired… this will be the first in my new blog series, eye [ sore ].

We’ll look at, laugh at and learn from some of the dubious decisions made by hotel designers.

Sounds fun? We think so.

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New Abstract Photograph: Sunset River Crossing

Abstract Photograph: Sunset River Crossing by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Nardo, Italy presents soft tones in red, orange and pale blue hues. Perfect for decorating a wide range of modern interiors.

This image is available as fine art reproductions in any size and on any material, including mixed media Original on canvas.

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8 Outstanding Resources for Hospitality Designers

InterContinental Beijing Beichen Hotel

InterContinental Beijing Beichen Hotel Lobby

Hospitality is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of specialization for interior designers.

It’s also highly competitive. So designers, architects and project managers working on hotel contracts need to always be in-the-know about current best practices, design trends and specialty products.

And aside from knowing the latest styles, you should also stay informed about constantly shifting guest expectations.

Below you’ll find a list of the best information resources focused on hospitality design.

(These were selected because they all have an emphasis on the design of hotels. While some web sites and magazines might focus more on restaurants, nightclubs, spas, etc., the organizations below primarily serve designers working on hotel projects.)

All offer very high quality content and the coverage of relevant topics is both broad and deep. With these resources, you can

  • learn more about your clients, their company culture and their needs
  • know what your competitors are up to
  • find new ideas and inspiration for your design work
  • discover the latest products and materials
  • develop your career

Along with the design work you do for client projects, budget some time every week to stay current with industry happenings. You’ll keep your creativity at peak performance and maintain a competitive edge.

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Joining NEWH UK Board

NEWH UK LogoNEWH UK has invited me to join their Board of Directors as Publications Chair. I’m excited and honored to serve this excellent organization and looking forward to doing great work together!

Tip for Choosing Art: Using Line and Shape

Springtime in the Peak DistrictLike color, the lines and shapes in a work of art convey strong emotional cues to a viewer.

When you’re selecting artwork for a particular room, pay special attention to the mood you want to create within the space. Choose art that supports those feelings.

For example, if you want to add energy to a space, consider artwork using a vertical (or ‘portrait’) orientation and diagonal lines. Angles within a picture carry lots of visual energy and can strongly direct the viewer’s eye.

You can even position lines within artwork so people will look at other elements within your interior design scheme, like furniture and drapery.

On the other hand, if you want the art to have a peaceful, calming effect, avoid angular jagged lines. Instead go for visuals with more rounded, smooth and flowing graphics. A horizontal (‘landscape’) orientation can also emphasize calmness and stability.

When you’re looking at art, pay attention to the way an image makes you feel. Then evaluate the graphics in the picture. In no time, you’ll be able to quickly identify the best pictures for specific moods.

Get lots more tips on choosing art in our free design guide Mixing Art & Matching Moods

New Abstract Photograph: Map of Antiquity

Urban Abstract Photography: Map of Antiquity by Nat Coalson

This fine art abstract photograph, made in Nardo, Italy, displays vibrant colours and rich textures. The organic graphics are balanced by a rectangular bar with ochre hues and myriad fine lines forming geometric patterns. The overall appearance speaks to the Old World, resembling an ancient map.

This artwork complements interiors decorated in rustic and contemporary schemes alike. Reproductions are available in any size and on any material, including mixed media Originals on canvas, hand-embellished with acrylic.

For details and pricing, please contact us for a custom quote.

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New Abstract Photograph: Royal Lineage

Abstract Photograph: Royal Lineage by Nat Coalson

This fine art abstract photograph was made in Bristol, England. The horizontal design features a purple triangle surrounded by rich textural details in gold and teal hues.

Available as mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic, as well as many other printing options. Custom sizes made to order.

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New Abstract Photograph: Flights of Fancy

Abstract Photograph: Flights of Fancy by Nat Coalson

This fine art abstract photograph, made at the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain, conveys lots of energy and inspires uplifting feelings. The horizontal orientation of the frame is contrasted by myriad vertical streaks, rising from a visually complex section of vibrant colour, with intricate geometric texture.

This photograph has a very contemporary look, well suited for all kinds of modern interiors, and the colour palette would fit nicely with a wide range of design schemes. It would look fantastic printed on metal, acrylic, or silk fabric… or how about a full wall mural?!

Prints are available in any size and on any material. Contact us to discuss your options.

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New Abstract Photograph: Artigianale II

Abstract Photography: Artigianale II by Nat Coalson

This abstract photograph was made in the back alleys of Seville, Spain. The vertical design features reddish earth tones and gold/tan hues. A tan square is surrounded by rich textural details and creates a strong focal point.

Available as a Limited Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic and optional gold leaf. Custom sizes made to order.

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New web site and blog

Nat Coalson Home PageOver the past several months, I’ve been making major updates to my web site, blog and email systems. I’m pleased to unveil the new version of NatCoalson.com and the companion blog, now titled eyeLevel.

Welcome to the new digs!

All my goals for the updates are designed to give you a more fun experience: easier, more engaging, more interesting.

Plus, I’ve been creating lots of new artworks and useful web site content.

Here’s a roundup of the most important changes so far.

Responsive design

The web site now automatically adapts to any screen size, including mobile devices. An updated screen layout and navigation design makes finding and enjoying content—especially images—much easier.

Online ordering

You can now purchase fine art prints using our online ordering system. At this time, prints of images in the Destinations archives and the Travel Photography and Nature Photography portfolios can be ordered online with delivery direct to your door!

(The abstract collections will soon be added to the online system.)

New work and updates to artwork collections

Along with the new site itself, I’ve been creating lots of new artwork and images. From abstract mixed media on canvas to fine art photography, travel and nature images … my online collections are literally growing every day!

Here are quick links to a few of my collections with brand new imagery:

Browse the galleries to discover all the new work. You’re sure to find images you love!

New resources for interior designers

Free Design Guide: Mixing Art & Matching MoodsAs you may know, my main focus is creating imagery for hospitality properties, especially hotels, resorts, spas and restaurants. If you’re a designer decorating a spa, cruise ship or private yacht, my work fits very well in these environments.

I’ve started work on a new Resources section on the web site, where I offer free information, tips, techniques and tools for designers and art collectors working with art.

The first resource in the new section is a Design Guide titled ‘Mixing Art & Matching Moods’. It provides tips and techniques you can use to make designing with art easier, more fun and more successful.

Keep an eye on this space – I will be adding much more content to the Resources section over the summer.

Blog update

eyeLevel is the new name for my blog and email newsletters, but my goal remains the same: to bring you frequent, useful updates on art, design and photography.

If you love

  • fine art
  • interior design
  • photography and digital imaging

…and the exciting convergence of these disciplines, eye [ level ] is the place to be!

In fact, you’re seeing the updated design right now. But some of the changes are beneath the surface and may not be immediately apparent. I’m reorganizing the content and categories to make my blog archives and articles much easier to work with. These improvements are ongoing, so stay tuned!

A living, breathing web organism

This is just the beginning. Going forward we’ll be rolling out new features to provide more exciting, customized content just for you. Sign up to receive email updates to get all the latest delivered to your inbox. And be sure to update your profile, including your preferences for the types of content you like to read.

A gift for you

To celebrate the launch of the new web site and blog I’m offering a 10% discount on all orders placed in the new online system. Just enter the coupon code SUMMER2014 during checkout.

And as always, I welcome your comments, questions, feedback and suggestions.

Thanks!

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Case Study: Fine Art for Colorado Ski Condo

Nat-Coalson-Steele-Dining-AspensThe Steele family of Denver, Colorado bought a new ski condo in Frisco, surrounded by many of Colorado’s best-loved ski resorts. As a brand new build, the condo would feature a contemporary mountain design aesthetic with a high level of finish.

Mr. Steele was looking to buy a set of fine art photographic prints to decorate the condo. And he sweetened the idea by making it a thoughtful Christmas gift for his wife.

This project is a good illustration of our ability to produce custom art projects to match any requirements and specifications. It also demonstrates the power of remote collaboration and project development.

Read all about the project here and learn how you can decorate your own home, too!

New Abstract Photograph: Bridges We Have Burned

Abstract Photograph: Bridges We Have Burned by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain features vertical bars in varying shades of red-orange and white. Areas of rich textures, from smooth to very rough, punctuate the image.

Available as fine art print in any size and on any material, including hand-embellished Limited Original on canvas.

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New Abstract Photograph: Banzai

Abstract Photograph: Banzai by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Seville, Spain. Earth tones dominate the image with subtle tonal variation. A thin circle, outlined in deep red, provides a strong focal point for the composition.

Available as fine art print in any size and on any material, including hand-embellished Limited Original on canvas.

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New Abstract Photograph: Love Will Set You Free

Abstract Photograph: Love Will Set You Free by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made in Girona, Spain. With a dramatic, bold design that features hard shapes delineated in red and black, this image evokes strong feelings of both passion and confinement.

Prints available for purchase in any size and on any material.

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New Abstract Photograph: A Memory … Or A Dream?

Abstract Photograph: A Memory … Or A Dream? by Nat Coalson

Fine art abstract photograph made at Hardwick Hall, England depicts soft, monochromatic fields of neutral colour.

The horizontal orientation, bisected by a diagonal divide, simultaneously conveys subtle energy and calm stillness.

Varying levels of transparency impart a mood of mystery and ethereal concepts just out of reach.

Available as a print on any material and in any size, including hand embellished Limited Originals on canvas.

Alternate colouring may also be available for this image.

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