Eden Maxwell and Color Management
by Brenda K. Hipsher – November 11th, 2013
ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker Passport are easy to use color management solutions. Most often we find photographers using these easy to use professional options. We recently got to know an artist who is super passionate about color management. We’re very happy to introduce to you Eden Maxwell, author, artist, and mystic.
We met Eden through his very fine article on color management featuring ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker Passport published in the summer of 2013. CLICK HERE to read that article in its entirety. “If your objective is to accurately print or publish the colors you see on your computer display, then you’re going to have to tackle the realm of color management on several fronts,” says Eden. “For example, to maintain consistent color control, photographers need to create a custom white balance and color DNG profiles for their camera and … [y]our computer display has to be calibrated for accurate color so what you see on the screen is what you see in the final print.”
X-Rite Photo Blog: Is your art done exclusively on a computer?
Eden Maxwell: Yes—exclusively for the past five years.
XB: Have you always produced your artistic vision in this medium or do you (have you) worked in other media as well?
EM: For years, I worked with acrylics, pastels, oils, water colors, pure pigment, ink, and color pencils. I bring these skills to my computer work using Corel Painter 12.
XB: Do you print your own work?
EM: Yes. I use an Epson 3800 Pro with great results, as the inks are pigment, not water dye based. I also matt and mount my work to museum standards. I use Photoshop to handle my printing.
XB: Do you use photography in your work?
EM: I don’t, but now and then photographic realism surprisingly shows up in my work from the collective unconscious.
XB: How did you discover and come to embrace color management as a part of your process?
EM: Some years ago, when I printed my first art piece that did not match what I saw on my monitor, I realized that I had to bite the bullet and learn about a color management workflow.
XB: When and how did you come to the particular method and style that we see on your website today?
EM: I was the one on one student of a great Zen master artist/painter for ten oftentimes daunting years—24/7. He didn’t teach me to be an artist; he helped unleash the artist within. After all, no one can teach anyone to be an artist for good reason. You can’t teach someone else how to be original.
My method and style evolved (and continues to do so) organically over time; each painting is an experiment. Keep in mind that an artist has no medium.
XB: What other artists have inspired your work and thought processes?
EM: Kandinsky, Picasso, Hundertwasser, Matisse, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Dali, Rothko, Miro, Pollock, Gorky, Duchamp, Chagall, Franz Marc, Roberto Matta, Lee Krasner, and Beatrice Wood — to name a few for their dedication to their vision.
XB: What else would you like our readers to know about Eden Maxwell?
EM: After my decades long odyssey in becoming an artist, I wrote a hefty primer for creators —
In 2012, I was the featured speaker on two successful webinars for artists.
CLICK HERE to find out more about An Artist Empowered: Define and Establish Your Value as an Artist—Now by Eden Maxwell.
Eden Maxwell uses X-Rite ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker Passport to manage color between screen and print. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.
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