I’m smitten with these tiny, colorful tableaus painted by LA-based artist Seonna Hong— some of her recent works are entirely painted using the ubiquitous paint chip as a miniature canvas. Quick strokes paint suggest the staggered outlines of hills and rocks in the wilderness, then barren trees, bears, and children are painstakingly detailed into the foreground.

Each paint chip already has its inherent palette trio, but Hong’s keen eye for creates even more unexpected combinations; better yet, she often leaves the paint chip’s color names intact and uncovered for a rather poetic reading of the meanings behind each tiny scenery. From one of Hong’s interviews with Arrested Motion:

I had an interesting conversation with a studio mate of mine about what it meant to be creativeā€¦ and that resourcefulness could be a large part of that. A really fun part. And how ordinary things could be transformed into something entirely different just in seeing it that way or putting it into another context.

So I started looking around my house and studio and wanted to see what looked fun to paint on. I had been collecting paint chips from hardware stores for years because they looked like candy in a candy store and decided to start putting them to use other than as a sample paint color for a wall in your home.

I can’t help but feel a magnetic pull to the moody yet bright colors, and there’s something really lovely about how each piece is framed by the names of the colors themselves: “Whispering Pines,” “Jamboree,” “Wolf Creek Lake.” [Via The Jealous Curator.]

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