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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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Pantone®, “the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries”, has announced that their color number 17-5641 Emerald has been chosen as the 2013 Color of the Year.

Taking a leap straight across the color wheel from 2012’s Tangerine Tango, Pantone explains the selection for this year, “Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.”

In my opinion, Pantone’s revelation of the Color of the Year selection is a bit of looking in the rear view mirror rather than into a crystal ball. Fashion designers start their color intelligence often more than a year in advance of when the final product appears in stores and are often influenced by what they see at the runway shows. They then translate their impressions of these colors and designs into fashion for the masses. Store buyers see these trends up to six months prior to the merchandise appearing on their doorsteps. Consumers are the last to see it.

Pantone® is able to examine data from their customer’s orders for which colors ranges are being adopted as well as combing the globe for color trends. Pantone’s Color of the Year selection is spot on, but is not much use to designers as by now we’re on to choosing colors for 2014.

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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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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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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Green was an easy choice to make for “Color of the Week . I’ve compiled a bunch of lush green-themed photos that I like from the web. I’ve found that it is sometimes really difficult to credit the original photographer when a picture has been re-blogged a number of times. In a lot of instances the credit eventually just gets lost! I don’t know how to get around the problem, and it is a shame because it would be nice to give credit where credit is due. If you click on the collage you’ll be able to see the sources and track the images as far back as possible.

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Believe it or not I shot these these purple and aqua berries last week. I love them with sharp greens and grey tones. I don’t think of purple and aqua as being fall colors, but after looking around I started to see similar color combinations.  I’ve been fooling around with fuzzy shots to represent color. Good? Bad?

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Summer is whizzing by. The Swiss chard in my garden is ready for picking. The colors of the stems against the glossy green leaves are intense! I love playing with them against a variety of colored backgrounds.

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Color palettes inspired by Green – for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Here in Vermont, in an effort to protect Lake Champlain and other waterways, a bill, which restricts the sale and use of fertilizers that contain phosphorus and nitrogen, was passed last week in the House and now moves to the Senate.

The bags of fertilizer I see sold at Agway seem pretty benign, but after viewing J. Henry Fair’s collection of photographs, titled Industrial Scars, showing devastation caused by fertilizer production, I am posting them here to further the conversation.

Personally I have a hard time visually reconciling that the fascinating textures and lush colors in Fair’s images represent environmental degradation. I can’t quite bring myself to see them as ugly even though I know that what I do see is wrong. I found myself compelled to use them for color palette inspiration.

Of his work, J. Henry Fair says, “As an artist with a message, one asks oneself: how do I translate my message to my medium such that it will effect the change I want?
 At first, I photographed “ugly” things; which is, in essence, throwing the issue in people’s faces. Over time, I began to photograph all these things with an eye to making them both beautiful and frightening simultaneously, a seemingly irreconcilable mission, but actually quite achievable given the subject matter.”

He continues, “The word “fertilizer” evokes a pastoral image of grazing cattle transforming a sun-drenched field of grass into nutrients for crops, beckoning us back to simpler times. However, the super-productive modern agricultural system is fed by mineral phosphate, the principal American source being Florida, where its strip-mined extraction devastates vast areas of undeveloped wildlands, and ends with a dead zone in the ocean, where it finally comes to rest after wreaking havoc on the soil, watersheds and ecosystems in its path. “

“The process of making phosphate fertilizer begins with the surface mining of phosphate. Large areas are overturned to obtain the phosphate, which is processed with volumes of sulphuric acid, leaving large residues of radioactive, acidic waste, and producing large amounts of fluorine gas, which is extremely toxic to all animals.”

“Fertilizer plants belch a vast quantity of contaminants into the air and water, known toxicants to the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, epidermal and reproductive systems of the human body.”

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Last month when I visisted Yin Yu Tang, I plucked fallen ginko leaves from the surrounding lawn and brought them home for inspiration. I like the way they change hue when placed on different sheets of colored paper. I find their shape and ridges delightfully graceful.

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Green, the color of summer in the Adirondack mountains inspired these palettes.

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When hiking in the Adirondacks I always look down to avoid tripping on roots and rocks. I always spot something special like this combination of cool and warm greens

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I adore the lemony greens paired with the blue greens of this balsam’s new summer growth.

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There’s nothing quite like the clarity and color of Adirondack brooks and streams. They’re refreshingly inviting on a hot day too!


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Lily pads tinged with yellow, russet and purples remind me that Autumn is creeping up.

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In some remote parts of the Adirondacks, green hand-routed signs have not yet been replaced by plastic.


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I  snapped these photos in various casinos while passing through Las Vegas last month en-route to Death Valley. (All except the peony, that is.) I don’t usually think of yellows and oranges as being sophisticated colors, but with the addition of the bronzey metallic and dark shades and touches of green I think  these color combinations are quite intriguing.

If one can get past the din and the gaudiness of Las Vegas and look closely enough, some pretty interesting textures and colors will surface. I  snapped these photos in various casinos one evening while passing through there last month, en-route to Death Valley. (All except the peony, that is.)

This grouping of photos fell together naturally. I don’t usually think of yellows and oranges as being sophisticated colors, but with the addition of the bronzey metallics, dark shades and touches of green I think  these color combinations are quite arresting.

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Here’s bit of nostalgic cheer for you on a mid-winter day. Trolls – marvelous malleable hair, cheery faces and stubby bodies that are hard to make clothes for and the only dolls I liked to play with when I was little (forget baby dolls!). I snapped this photo of a tin dish from a child’s tea set while tooling around Reykjavik. Makes me happy that kids still love trolls.

Here’s bit of nostalgic cheer for you on a mid-March day. Trolls – marvelous malleable hair, cheery faces and stubby bodies that are hard to make clothes for and the only dolls I liked to play with when I was little (forget baby dolls!). I snapped this photo of a tin dish from a child’s tea set while tooling around Reykjavik. Makes me happy that kids still love trolls.

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Maybe it’s because the snow is melting early this winter and the valleys are still brown, or perhaps because it is St. Patrick’s Day that I am craving the color green. Green – the color of re-birth and spring and the eco-movement.  I collected some green items from around my house and arranged them and gave myself a little green fix. Off to the flower shop now to buy some pink tulips.

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Sea urchins collected during a sea kayaking trip on a Portuguese plate with green glaze

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A Chinese paper box filled with freshwater pearls

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A beloved edition of Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland

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Vintage buttons scattered across an illustration from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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