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Among the many alluring sights along the High Line, the celebrated park elevated above the streets of New York City’s west side, the zing of a citron chair surrounded by a congregation of grey ones captured my eye.

If you’re planning a trip to New York make time to get above the craziness and noise of the city and meander along the lushly landscaped restored freight rail line. You’ll find plenty of visual inspiration there!

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Today is a powder day. My world is cloaked and muffled in swirling snow.  Sekka Kamisaka’s woodcut, Momoyogusa (Flowers of a Hundred Generations), captures the mood and hues surrounding me, and is perfectly complimented by haiku by Joso.

Image via NYPL Digital Gallery

 

Snow whispering down all day long,

earth has vanished

leaving only sky

(Joso)

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Last week I posed a question on my facebook page, “If you had to describe December in terms of COLOR, what colors would you choose?”

I would have answered the question by thinking about the colors I see in the outdoor world and responded the way many people did with “deep blue”, “slate grey” and “white”.  Others answered “silver”, “taupe and white”, “ivory” and “green”, influenced perhaps by colors prevalent in holiday fashions this season.

Using the comments I received, I rummaged around in my iPhoto collection and put together two distinctly different color palettes to represent December. For those who missed the facebook question, I’d be interested in hearing what colors you associate with December. Thanks everyone for playing!

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I’m holding on to last last shafts of autumn color before my world becomes a cool palette of blues, white and greys. I love the unexpected pops of purples in these sunflower photos taken by my friend Lynn Jeffery who also took the lovely pictures of peonies that I used for color inspiration here.

There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Last evening, at dusk when the light is ethereal, my neighbor stopped by for a stroll through my garden to smell the honeysuckle, roses and peonies. She’s a lot like me in that we both carry our cameras wherever we go. She is an artist and has a wonderful eye and sense of color.

These are her lovely photos of dusky, blousy and magical peony blooms.  She loves capturing nature in low light while my natural inclination is to snap away when the light is brighter, the colors more vibrant and shadows more pronounced. Somehow she even made the ants and mud splattered petals looks romantic.

People often ask me if I’m afraid that others will copy my ideas if they see a mood or trend board that I’ve created. My feeling is that every artist and designer comes from a different place and brings their own perceptions and aesthetics to the task at hand. If an artist or designer goes within themselves to create, rather than copying verbatim, then their work will be uniquely their own. Her photos sparked these reflections.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic if you have a minute.

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Over the years I’ve planted fifty daffodil bulbs each fall in the field around my house and then waited for winter’s snows to melt to enjoy their early eruption of color. I always buy bags of assorted mixes because I like the variety of shapes and hues. This spring they’ve been snowed on repeatedly but their hardy blooms are still hanging on. Today’s color palettes are in honor of the daffodil’s tenacity and beauty.

 

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It must be March; I’m craving a bit of color after living in a winter white landscape for the last few months. Today’s color palettes are inspired by pictures I took when I was in Iceland last spring.

Colorful houses with pretty window trim and crisp lacey curtains captivated me. Frequently cheerful vases of flowers were perched on windowsills. The houses in every town and village pop with color and help fend off the winter blues.

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Q: What do these microscopic scales on a butterfly wing, a vintage designer gown and a shingled house all have in common? A: Graceful overlapping “petals”  in the most beautiful shades of blues and greens.

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Luminous fish and fowl inspired this color palette of pink and yellow.

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St. Valentine’s Day, and this photo of red doors I took in Iceland, inspired today’s color palette.

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I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest ever since a fellow designer turned me onto it last month. It’s “virtual pinboard” where you can categorize and store images that you want to save from the web. You choose themes for your “boards” and “pin” pictures that you like onto them. You can also upload your own. When you click on your boards the images are all laid out on your screen – similar to how you view slides on a lightbox.

It’s a really great tool for me because I’m always cruising around the web looking for ideas and trends as part of my work, and Pinterest helps me keep my inspirations organized. And it’s really easy! Another cool things about it is that you can check out boards created by other people which opens whole other realms of inspirational possibilities. “It’s like falling down the rabbit hole!” says the friend who turned me onto it.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that some of my board themes include Knit & Purl, Prints and Patterns, Textures and Textiles, Vintage Skiing, Folkart, Snow and Ice and color categorized by hue. I built the color story here using images I’d “pinned” onto my “Orange” pinboard.

If you have a minute check out my boards to get an idea of how much fun I’m having with this new social media. Better yet – start building your own.

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There is something arresting and sensuous about Françoise Tellier-Loumagne’s photograph of a moldy orange. It evokes contradicting scents of sharp citrus and musty decay. It’s fascinating textural surface is both soft and velvety, glossy and firm. The shades of blue are unlike any mold that I have ever seen before. Tellier-Loumagne suggests using it as inspiration for embroidery.

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People often ask me how I create the color palettes on my blog. Using Photoshop software, I scale a photo that inspires me and then place it into an Adobe Illustrator template that I created for my palettes. The template has an empty box the size of my photo and more empty boxes below for the color swatches. Using the eyedropper tool in Illustrator, I select the colors I like from the photo and fill the little boxes below it with colors.

This works well for me, but it’s not possible for those non-designers without Photoshop or Illustrator or similar software. My friend Judy introduced me to a fun and addicting alternative way of working with color palettes using your own photos called Kuler.

Anyone can sign up and access Kuler on line for free. You pinpoint the colors that you want to highlight in a photo that you have downloaded and voila! they show up in the color bar below it. You can change the colors as many time as you like and then save your palettes to your personal folder or share them. Believe me, you can spend a lot of time playing around with this app! This is what it looks like.

You can also experiment with different analogous, complementary and compound color combinations of your choice as shown below.

Color Scheme Designer is another fun site that also allows you to experiment with various color combinations. It looks like this:

Does anyone have any other interactive color sites that are fun to fool around with? Let me know what you think of these sites.

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I am fascinated and inspired by the beautiful shapes and vibrant colors of the magnified agate crystals in these photos. I see so many design opportunities in them – buttons, trims, tee shirt graphics, jewelry design. What do you see?

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Another extraordinary year has flown by and I am thankful for every single minute of it. I’m spending Thanksgiving with my dear friend The Organic Vegetable Farmerette. I’m sure that her table will be laden with unusual and sumptuous heirloom vegetable dishes. These color palettes are inspired by, and in honor of, her green thumb, dirty fingernails and culinary ability. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the 2nd Anniversary Give Away for a chance to win something designed by Poppy Gall Design Studio!

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