Required Reading: The Right Color by Eve Ashcraft
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Anyone who has admired Martha Stewart's Araucana line of paints, based on the subtle shades of farm-laid eggs, should know about Eve Ashcraft , the NYC-based color expert who developed the nuanced palette. Ashcraft has been working out of a loft located on the edge of Soho since 1991, long before the area became gentrified. "The building used to be a sweatshop with a manual elevator," she says. Ashcraft spends her days pondering the complexities of color, so it's fitting that her studio is a well-organized, light-filled, bright space, serving as a backdrop for visual experimentation. Ashcraft works as a private consultant in New York, but her wisdom is available to all via her new book, The Right Color , and her new line of 28 custom colors for Fine Paints of Europe. Photography courtesy of Eve Ashcraft and Artisan Books. Above: "The walls in my studio are painted Benjamin Moore Super White, which is a very pure white; I needed the space to be as bright and functional as possible," Ashcraft says. "The floor is painted Durango 33-24 from Pratt & Lambert; it's a warm gray the color of a Weimaraner that grounds the room. All my work surfaces are covered in linen or canvas that I source from Blick Art Supplies on Bond Street." Above: Color chips from Ashcraft's new line for Fine Paints of Europe . Above: A collection of natural objects (sticks, shells, stones) turned into miniature works of art. Above: Two wire-frame boxes, found on the street, function as a sculpture. Above: Carefully stored brushes, an essential tool for the color expert. Above: A utilitarian sink for washing up after color sessions. Above: The Right Color, by Eve Ashcraft (Artisan Books), is $18.59 at Amazon. The painting is by Ashcraft.