ColorPlay: Umbrellas

ColorPlay-umbrellas-Original
ColorPlay-umbrellas-Original

I’m always looking for photos with the most color possibilities. This week is no exception. I took this photo in Portland. The umbrellas were hanging down from the ceiling, covering the ceiling.

It doesn’t have as many colors as I would like, but until I start playing with the Palette Builder, I always think the photo I chose has more colors than it really does.

ColorPlay-Umbrellas-default
ColorPlay-Umbrellas-default

The Kona Earth looks like a cocoa color to me. Surprisingly the tool put some color into the default palette. I suppose it would have been really weird if it ignored the pink umbrella completely. It didn’t do much with the green umbrella.

ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n1
ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n1

I took charge of the pink to see how much pink I could get out of the one photo. I was surprised that I got quite a lot. You can see all the dots are only on the pink umbrella.

ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n2
ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n2

I went a little broader in my second palette. I like that Cotton Sage blue. Sage is green to me, but whatever that color is, it lends a brightness to an otherwise neutral palette.

ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n3
ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n3

This 3rd palette is virtually the same as the one above except for a few tweaks. I wanted to just move the circles a little bit and see what came up. The green created Evergreen, which really looks black. I suppose I agree with the Desert Green name. Colors in the desert can be very pale, bleaches looking. The neutral palette is softer, I think.

ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n4
ColorPlay-Umbrellas-n4

The fourth palette reminds me of dessert. The neutrals have a richness to them, especially the Kona Cinnamon.

In general, this photo is primarily generating neutral palettes with me teasing out the least bit of color to make them my own.

 

ColorPlay: deYoung Flowers

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flower - original
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flower – original

I took a few photos at a special exhibit held at the deYoung in late March.

I can’t remember the name of the exhibit. They do it every year and it is up for a very short time. Someone chooses artworks and matches them up with floral designers who create a floral arrangement that matches, reflects, goes with – or something – the artworks. I had a hard time seeing how the floral designs went with the artwork. You never know what the artist sees. I find that with my own work.

I have many pictures from the show, but the pink in this one intrigued me. I really created a lot of palettes and could have created more. There is a lot of scope for color in that arrangements. I had to stop because I knew you wouldn’t read about 50 palettes. I also didn’t want to write that much.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers-default
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers-default

The first palette, as usual is the default palette. This one is seriously neutral and somewhat depressing considering the vibrant colors in the bouquet. I noticed that the circles tend to be placed towards the edges.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.1
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.1

I made sure my first palette included some brights, or at least cheerful solids. I kept in some of the neutral feel as I was trying to show progression. I don’t like that Kona Cotton Latte much. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

I have up on progression when making my first monochromatic palette, the pink. I was able to make two (yes, TWO) monochromatic palettes this time: a blue and a pink. I went for broke since that Kona Latte fabric really bugged me.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.3
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.3

I went back to progression when I made palette n.3. I thought blue would look great with pink, so I kept some of the pinks and added some blues. I put more blues in as I didn’t want to make the palette exactly equal. I probably couldn’t have done another one that had more pinks than blues, too.

This one led to the monochromatic blue palette pictured above.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.5
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.5

I tried to get away from my default blues and do something different. I think the anchor fabric in this palette is the Kona Cardinal. I didn’t completely succeed with this effort, because the Wasabi and Butterscotch are very similar. I am not sure the arrangement has need of that much of those tones.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.6
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.6

I wanted to improve on the palette above, so I made minor adjustments. Chestnut Palm and Spice are not favorites. This is not my kind of palette.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.7
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.7

I tried to improve the palette above again. I think I did a better job. The Grass Green and Deep Rose are much better.

ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.8
ColorPlay: DeYoung Flowers n.8

I think n.8 is the best iteration of the last few. The palette reflects my personality. The pink brings out the best in the Sunflower. I think Taupe is a supporting actor and I wouldn’t put a lot of that in a quilt.

You may see other arrangements from this show in the future.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote

ColorPlay: Tool Tote
ColorPlay: Tool Tote

I really like the Philip Jacobs fabric in the Tool Tote and decided to do a ColorPlay using one of the photos from the post.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -default
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -default

Again, the default is not all neutral. There are quite a number of violets.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.1
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.1

This palette provides another group of violets with some neutrals included. It is kind of dark palette, but the Honeysuckle makes it slightly more cheerful.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.2
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.2

I am not sure how different n.2 is from the two above. I like the Lupine in the palette above.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.3
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.3

I couldn’t go without a neutral palette. I still got a lavender.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.4
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.4

I really tried to make this one green. I think the greens look uglier in the palette than they do in the fabric. Granted there isn’t much green in the fabric.

ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.5
ColorPlay: Tool Tote -n.5

Different grouping of colors, but the same colors as the first couple of palettes.

Surprisingly, this group of fabric offered up fewer opportunities for interesting palettes than I would have expected.

 

Grandma’s Tea Towels

Mary C's Embroidered Tea Towel Quilt
Mary C’s Embroidered Tea Towel Quilt

The other day, at Sew Day, I saw Mary’s GREAT quilt and it made me think of some of the tea towels and such that I have that are nicely embroidered.

Yes, we had the Boxy Bag class, but there was plenty of time to work on other projects. I started cutting out the All Rolled Up Tote, as mentioned.

Parakeet Embroidery
Parakeet Embroidery

 

 

Mary C, a great member of the group, brought a quilt she had made with embroidered tea towels. I have tea towels, pillowcases and a few other things from the matriarchal side of the family. I talked about the parakeet dresser scarf (or similar) in a previous post.

Mary said that she used a jelly roll of 1930s fabrics. I really like the fabrics she chose and think they are a little different than the Aunt Grace style of 1930s fabrics.

This is the first quilt that I have really liked that uses tea towels. She backed the embroideries with ShapeFlex after trimming them. We advised her to just quilt around the embroidery designs and not over them.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe original
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe original

I was really happy to find this photo. I was looking for it for some reason a little while ago. I saw this sign in a coffee shop years ago and the motif sticks in my mind as some interesting and different. The colors are interesting, too.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -default
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -default

The default colors this time tend towards purple, which I like. This palette would make a good outfit.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.1
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.1

In my first palette, I went for brights and the image did not disappoint. The palette itself doesn’t hang together very well, but the colors are bright and that is something.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe - n.2
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe – n.2

I wanted to refine my first palette and try to get it to hang together better. This is, mostly, softer and tends towards warm colors, except for the Kona Royal, which doesn’t really fit.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe - n.3
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe – n.3

I tweaked the colors from above a little and this palette is much more cohesive. That bright pink and the Kona Magenta (which looks more like purple/violet to me) really dominate, but not in an awful way.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe - n.4
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe – n.4

I decided to focus even more on the pink and purple. Except for the Cheddar, which I must have forgotten about, the pink and purple are the stars. Many of the colors showed up in n.3 and show up in n.6.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe - n.5
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe – n.5

The default palette wasn’t a neutral palette so, in the spirit of the Palette Builder, I created one.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.6
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.6

I had to try a monochromatic palette and this time I went for pink. I had a hard time finding different pinks as the Bright Pink dominated.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe - n.7
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe – n.7

Yellow doesn’t show up much in the images I choose, so I wanted to take advantage of the yellow in this image and try to create another monochromatic palette using yellow.

ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.8
ColorPlay: Yergacheffe -n.8

In another attempt to make a monochromatic palette, I chose the orange area. It is small, between the pink and the yellow, but I thought I might be able to get a range of peachy-oranges. I did sort-of.

ColorPlay: Tile

ColorPlay: Tile - original
ColorPlay: Tile – original

I saw this quilt-like pattern of tile on one of my daily walks.

ColorPlay: Tile -default
ColorPlay: Tile -default

The default is less neutral than normal. It actually looks somewhat beachy.

ColorPlay: Tile -n.1
ColorPlay: Tile -n.1

I went for my usual monochromatic palette and came up with a series of blues.

Sadly, the website was having a problem despite me switching browsers, so there are only two palettes today.

What will you make?

I use the Palette Builder Tool on the Play-Crafts site. Thanks to Anne Sullivan for making it available.

ColorPlay: Bar Color

Sobo Ramen Bar
Sobo Ramen Bar

I took a picture of this bar area before this restaurant stopped carrying gluten free noodles. I finally dug the photo out, because of the bright and cheerful nature and had some fun creating palettes.

ColorPlay: Bar default
ColorPlay: Bar default

The default palette was less neutral-y than usual, which was a pleasant surprise. The red tones are an interesting addition. I also noticed that the program didn’t stick exclusively to the edges.

The monochromatic palettes were interesting. Yes, I made more than one this time. As you can see there are both cools and warms. I know the green is not warm, but it has a kind of warm feel to it – a bit mossy, I guess. Perhaps there is a yellow undertone giving it a bit of a warm feel.

I like some of the blues in the blue palette quite a bit.

The two pink-red palates are similar, but a little different. As usual, I was really surprised at the colors that came out of the tool.

ColorPlay: Bar n.2
ColorPlay: Bar n.2

I really played around with the other palettes. I really like the blue and gold in palette n.2. The rest of the colors are kind of meh, though the greys alone or as a background would probably be great.

ColorPlay: Bar n.1
ColorPlay: Bar n.1

The one above looks like a Japanese stationery store or a bag of sweets or a girl’s party when she is just getting out of the pink stage.

ColorPlay: Bar n.8
ColorPlay: Bar n.8

I thought I had better create a palette of neutrals. I know there are some of you out there who love neutrals (well done they can be great). I think this one is much more interesting than some I have seen. I won’t make a quilt – or anything – from the colors, though.

What will you make?

I use the Palette Builder Tool on the Play-Crafts site. Thanks to Anne Sullivan for making it available.

ColorPlay:Tile

ColorPlay: Tile - original
ColorPlay: Tile – original

I take walks at lunch and there is a lot of construction going on around my office, which means I can’t walk the same way every day. I also don’t know the neighborhood very well and I walk on different streets every day, so I see different things every day.

ColorPlay: Tile-default
ColorPlay: Tile-default

I thought about cropping out that beige brick, but, frankly, I was too lazy. It is interesting how it came out in the default palette. The default goes for neutrals again. Two of the colors in the default palette are neutrals! That is crazy!

ColorPlay: Time -n.1
ColorPlay: Time -n.1

I went sort of random for the first palette. I am not sure that red works really well.

ColorPlay: Tile -n.2
ColorPlay: Tile -n.2

This is my monochromatic palette. I like the variety of turquoises in this palette.

ColorPlay: Tile -n.3
ColorPlay: Tile -n.3

I did another monochromatic palette – this time in green. I think combining palette two and three might be interesting.

ColorPlay: Tile-n.4
ColorPlay: Tile-n.4

The fourth palette is completely random. I tried to make one that was completely different and used different colors than showed up in some of the other palettes.

ColorPlay: Tile -n.5
ColorPlay: Tile -n.5

I had to do one more mostly turquoise palette. i wanted to make it different than n.2, but there are some similarities.

What is your favorite?

 

 

Creative Spark #28: Give it Away

“We are often able to rise to our highest self if it is for someone else” (pg.118). This quote had a profound effect on me this week I worked very hard for the past month on a work project. In the past week, I spent every spare work moment on this project. I gave it my all. The effect was that my personal life was a bit of a mess. Two appointments snuck up on me. I paid the YM’s tuition at the last minute. I didn’t plan for a dish we needed to make for a party tomorrow.

The point of this chapter is that we go all out when we have something due for someone else. We let ourselves go. I think this has resulted in the self-care movement, which is good IMO, but also promotes the feeling of guilt in many of us.

We are, inherently, creative people. Before you even think that you are not creative, I will remind you about all of the creative ways you coerce…uh…encourage your children and pets to go outside, eat their dinner and a million other things. While you may not have picked out fabric for a new quilt, you are being creative.

Combine these creative problem solving skills with your making- your quiltmaking, knitting, whatever art or craft – and give the product away. I find yarn I like, knit a scarf and give it to my mom for the gift baskets her church makes for a local domestic violence organization. I get to knit, someone gets a gift and I don’t have a thousand scarves laying around my house.

Carrie talks about getting to yes. She points out that ‘no’ is about the parent. Extrapolating out, since I no longer have young children at home, how can we use creative problem solving to get to yes in our making? How can YOU have time for a few seams or to see a few inches of binding?

I am not going to recommend that you sit down for 15 minutes a day and just do it. That doesn’t work for me. There are too many things that people want me to do for just 15 minutes a day and none of them are sitting with my DH watching TV. ?

Figure out what works for you. Also, recognize the creativity you already employ in your life and celebrate that.

You can see the last post on this topic from a few weeks ago.

Nota bene: we are working through Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark. Buy it. Support the artist. Play along. There is much more to each spark than what I am writing. The original chapters will help you. Go buy Carrie Bloomston’s book, so you get the full benefit of her fabulousness! You can see my book review, which is what started this flight of fancy.

ColorPlay: Crater Lake

Crater Lake, 2018 (original)
Crater Lake, 2018 (original)

Someone really should try to make dresses out of the blue that is this lake. It is an unbelievable color.

ColorPlay: Crater Lake-default
ColorPlay: Crater Lake-default

Default: look! not all neutrals, though the tool couldn’t avoid neutrals completely.

ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.1
ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.1

Palette 1: monochromatic. I worked hard to make sure the blues were different. One good thing about Kona is they have a lot of shades and tones.

ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.2
ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.2

Palette 2: also monochromatic. There are so many different blues in this photo.

ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.4
ColorPlay: Crater Lake- n.4

Palette 4: cools and neutrals. I was going for an all green palette, but couldn’t quite make it.

What will you make?

ColorPlay: Birdhouse

ColorPlay: Birdhouse - original
ColorPlay: Birdhouse – original

This is a photo from the Alden Lane Quilt show from last September. I picked it because it is so cheerful looking.

ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.1
ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.1

First, I had to pick out the candy colors. You know I love the brights.

ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.2
ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.2

I did another palette of brights, because I thought I could. I think this palette is a little brighter. There are a lot of greens in this image, so it is a challenge.

ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.3
ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.3

This is sort of an ode to a more traditional palette. Perhaps 4th of July palette?

ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.4
ColorPlay: Birdhouse-n.4

And I seem to have to do a monochromatic palette. This week’s is green.

What’s your favorite palette?

 

 

ColorPlay: Splatter Art

ColorPlay: Original
ColorPlay: Original

I am revisiting old posts and came up with this Dose of Daily Art post. I thought it would be a good ColorPlay – kind of revisiting old friends.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art-default
ColorPlay: Splatter Art-default

The default is, for once, not all neutrals.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art - 1
ColorPlay: Splatter Art – 1

I like this one. It reminds me of the circus, but not a primary circus.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.2
ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.2

I wasn’t quite done with that fuchsia. I like it with the various violets and blues. I can see actually using this palette for something very cheerful. I also noticed that one of the colors was white. I hadn’t seen it before.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.3
ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.3

I had to try a blue and green palette. The two greens on the end are bit much, but I am not much of a fan of green so that could be part of the problem.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.4
ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.4

This is a warm palette I felt I needed to try.

I wanted to try a monochromatic palettes. First was blue.

ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.5
ColorPlay: Splatter Art n.5

I felt like I needed to make a neutral palette, so I gave up. This was a great picture to use. Although there was no variations in the colors used in different parts of the painting, there were a lot of colors and that was fun.

 

ColorPlay: Modern Building

ColorPlay: Modern Building - Original
ColorPlay: Modern Building – Original

There is a lot of building going on near my office. Barely moving my head, I can see at least 5 cranes when I get off the train without having to turn my head. The sound of jackhammers, hammering and other construction noises fill the air all day.

I walk around at lunch trying to get to know the neighborhood. It is hard, because it is changing rapidly. The other day I across this building. I love the windows and thought it would be great for this exercise. It is so whimsical.

ColorPlay: Modern Building-default
ColorPlay: Modern Building-default

I wanted to stop at this default palette. The blues are great, even without any turquoise and the Pewter makes a nice background. It is almost a perfect palette. Looking at it, however, I see that that green wasn’t touched or the orange.

ColorPlay: Modern Building 2
ColorPlay: Modern Building 2

I had to do another monochromatic palette to see how many blues I could include. I moved the circles, but some of the colors chosen are the same as the previous palette.

I admit that it isn’t quite monchromatic, but it is analgous. That green with the brighter blues looks really good.

ColorPlay: Modern Building-2
ColorPlay: Modern Building-2

I couldn’t avoid the orange. It is clearly some kind of construction fencing, which are, traditionally, that super bright orange. No matter where I moved the circles the brightest I could get was the Mango. I decided to embrace the vagaries of the computer and see what happened. This isn’t a palette I would have put together myself, but I think it works. It is definitely interesting.

ColorPlay: Modern Building-3
ColorPlay: Modern Building-3

I liked the Mango and wanted to keep it in. I also liked the green and turquoise, so I kept those. The others aren’t as successful this time. All extra grey, even the Graphite, which my eyes tell me is actually blue.

Let me know what you think of these palettes and if you make anything.

 

Creative Spark #27: Share Your Work

“Artist Marcel Duchamp believed that his work wasn’t finished until it was seen by people–that the viewing completed the work” (pg.113).

This is an interesting quote and it makes me think. I always show my quilts, at least to the guild, before they go wherever their final destination ends up. As much as possible, I try to show them in shows. I like to win, but I am not daunted by not winning.

Once my quilt Spiky Stars won Judge’s Choice at the Marin Needle Arts Guild show (now defunct). I was VERY excited and stood unobtrusively near my quilt for quite awhile listening to people talk about it. Not all of the comments were nice, but the ones that were warmed my heart.

Ms. Bloomston advocates selling work via a ‘lemonade stand’ and by that she means a low entry overhead venue such as a local craft fair or farmers’ market. She also mentions online retail. I am not interested in making much of an effort to sell my work. I have had offers, but they have been laughably low and not worth me not having the quilt. I make quilts for the pleasure of making them.

Carrie also mentions sharing via social media. I think this is important, but I think live viewings are more important. I do both, as you know. Use social media for yourself. Don’t expect the world to flock to your site or account. If  they do, it is an added bonus.

She give some tips for showing work as well, which is a nice bonus.

Go forth and share!

You can see the last post on this topic from a few weeks ago.

Nota bene: we are working through Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark. Buy it. Support the artist. Play along. There is much more to each spark than what I am writing. The original chapters will help you. Go buy Carrie Bloomston’s book, so you get the full benefit of her fabulousness! You can see my book review, which is what started this flight of fancy.

Creative Spark #26: Take a Day Off

One of the things I like about this book is that the chapters are short. I am looking at my next book to review and one is great, but the chapters are super long. Perhaps I can do a page a week?

This is another physical chapter. In this one, Carrie Bloomston starts out by saying that she is not the kind of person to tell you to go sit in your studio at the same time every day and for the same length of time until inspiration strikes. She continues by saying that it is a theory that when inspiration strikes you will be readying for it and in your workspace ready to go. She recommends taking the day off and going fishing or hanging out in nature so you can actively fill your senses with inspiration (pg.109). I actually agree.

I don’t have enough time in my studio, but when I go out to get inspiration I come back itching for more, because I am filled with ideas. I know that going to a museum or even out to dinner with a friend will show me something new that will inspire me or give me a problem solving idea.

The reality is that you can’t force creativity and looking at the same walls isn’t going to help. I get a daily dose of inspiration when I go out walking. I try to take a different path and I have made the most interesting discoveries – a lake! a building completely covered in 4×4 inch tiles! trees touching each other! All of these things are within a 10 or 15 minute walk from my office. There is a brake shop building of which I am particularly fond. I have to take a picture, but it seems silly.

“Don’t get me wrong. I also believe in working. I believe in worth through the boredom, the obstacles, the writer’s block. But there is a time and a place for everything. Sometimes you just have to run away” (pg.110).

So, take yourself on a date and take a bunch of photos and make some sketches or doodles or whatever you do.

You can see the last post on this topic from a few weeks ago.

Nota bene: we are working through Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark. Buy it. Support the artist. Play along. There is much more to each spark than what I am writing. The original chapters will help you. Go buy Carrie Bloomston’s book, so you get the full benefit of her fabulousness! You can see my book review, which is what started this flight of fancy.