Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Business Card Background

The above photo, Winter Trees in Orange, offers a vivid glimpse of a snowstorm several years ago at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio.

It was suggested that a softer version of this image would make a nice design for a business card background, so I had some professionally made. It's thanks to this business card that I've ended up as a featured artist at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls, NY. I had left a supply of business cards in a display rack at the Market Street Art Center in neighboring Lockport, NY. Someone from Niagara Falls picked up a business card in Lockport so I'm now happily affiliated with both galleries!

One cool thing I've noticed is how different people perceive color based on how they react to the card. One person called it pink, another called it blue, and to me it looks mostly orange. I wonder what that says about the personality of each beholder? In the softer version not shown here, I can agree that much of the orange is faded down into shades of pink. But what fascinates me even more than the color issue itself is how people can look at the same thing and reach very different conclusions.

Anyone else have a business card success story to share? Or maybe a story of how you created your art seeing one thing, only to have other people tell you they saw something else? Please feel welcome to share your insights, adventures, and experiences.

10 comments:

Bren said...

I'm so glad you shared this story, I had wondered how it came about that your photographs were in the Niagara Falls art gallery. To think a business card lead to a great opportunity. The photo itself is fascinating, and like you I see orange as the dominate colour. You're right though it is interesting to observe peoples perceptions of colour and imagery. Now I know why artist name their artwork. Can you imagine someone trying to ask you about a picture by trying to describe it? We are interesting creatures that's for sure.

Annie said...

Not crazy about the color orange CC, but I LOVE!!!! this.

Linda Pruitt said...

Very interesting composition of color not usually thought to be "winter" colors. I really like it! My biz cards are kind of bland compared to this!

Mary said...

Oh you know I love this one!!! :)

And congratulations on your showing at the art gallery!

mountain.mama said...

Living in a sea of gray and white, I am loving the colors in your card (and they look orange to me.)

Kim said...

Awesome business card background! Being a (house) painter i completely understand what you mean about people seeing color differently. Funny story - last year i painted my Dad's exercise room street sign yellow, it was what he chose. When i finished he loved it. This winter he had cataract surgery & he says to me "wow can't believe i picked that bright obnoxious yellow." Congratulations on getting your photos into the art gallery, you so obviously deserve to be there!

Gary Keimig said...

congratulations on the gallery show of your photos. Think you ought to consider those slippers:) Interesting business card. The color choices do evict a sense of color that one would see differently. Yes the red and orange stand out but I noticed the blue right off. Hmm.

Mary said...

Orange would have been my description of this card. Certainly bright and dramatic and that is how you seem :-)

CountryDreaming said...

Thanks everyone for your most kind compliments and for sharing your interesting insights!

Mahmood said...

Your Business card are looking very nice, its looking very great. Plastic Card