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Who woulda thought beer came in so many colors of yellow and brown? It took two beer-loving creatives from a Swiss ad agency to catalog the subtle shades of 202 of their local brews into the Beertone Guide, a color guide for beer lovers.

Alexander Michelbach & Daniel Eugster analyzed each beer to determine the exact color value with a spectro-photometer. The result is a fan book (similar to a Pantone guide) ordered by the different beer colors, from lightest to darkest, complete with RGB, CMYK, and HTML color codes for each beer. Brilliant!

The Beertone guide also gives a brief profile of each beer listing the beer style, alcohol volume, beer label, food pairing and more.

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Shades of browns and greys dominate the landscape around my part of the world this time of year. In the spirit of embracing these tones (as I have no upcoming plans to escape from them) I’ve  composed some color palettes and then worked the colors back into my print designs. This is actually one way I color up prints for clients. I like mixing warm and cool shades together. As you can see the bleak hues of November can be quite sophisticated!

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Color Inspiration – Birch Bark
I love everything about winter – especially that I am able get out in it to ski, or to shovel snow. But I have to admit, some of the days can be bleak and colorless regardless of how beautiful they are. Almost as if on cue I start craving color in mid-February.
That is why I was so delighted to discover this beautiful peeling birch while I was skiing up on the hillside behind my house. The warm orangey-yellows combined with the purpley-browns and greys literally stopped me in my tracks; they were so profoundly brilliant against the white snow and grey sky.
Besides being great inspiration for my color palettes, the texture and patterns in the bark would make an amazing textile design. I’ll be thinking on that! In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy these photos and color stories. For more about my color work please visit my website.
http://www.PoppyGall.com

I love everything about winter – especially that I am able get out in it to ski, or to shovel snow. But I have to admit, some of the days can be bleak and colorless regardless of how beautiful they are. Almost as if on cue I start craving color in mid-February.

That is why I was so delighted to discover this beautiful peeling birch while I was skiing up on the hillside behind my house. The warm orangey-yellows combined with the purpley-browns and greys literally stopped me in my tracks; they were so profoundly brilliant against the white snow and grey sky.

Besides being great inspiration for my color palettes, the texture and patterns in the bark would make an amazing textile design. I’ll be thinking on that! In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy these photos and color stories. For more about my color work please visit my website.

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My husband brought home a dozen fresh eggs given to him by his friend Paul who keeps exotic chickens. I was so delighted by the mixture of blue-green and earthy pink shells that I couldn’t resist photographing them and working up some color palettes. Oh, and the omelets are delicious too!
For more about my color work see www.PoppyGall.com

Last night my husband brought home a gift of a dozen fresh eggs from his friend Paul who keeps exotic chickens. I was so delighted by the mixture of blue-green and earthy pink shells that I couldn’t resist photographing them and working up some color palettes. Oh, and the omelets they made were delicious too!

For more about my color work see www.PoppyGall.com

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The shadows cast by the eggs give this composition interest

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I also played around with the eggs I already had in the fridge…

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All the eggs are organic and free range. I wonder if that’s part of the reason their color is so pretty?

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