orange

You are currently browsing articles tagged orange.

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.

x.

x

For more color inspiration click here.

To “Like” Poppy Gall Design on facebook click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

 

xx

x

For more color inspiration click here. To “Like” Poppy Gall Design on facebook click here.

Share This Post

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

x

Follow Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Most people find old-fashioned radiators unsightly and a decorating hardship, but I have a nostalgic affection for them.

As a kid, my morning dreams were pushed aside by the reassuring clonking of pipes and the sputtering and hissing of cast iron radiators as they pushed an even warmth through our rambling old house. After a cold day of skiing I would press myself up against a radiator until my long underwear felt like it was going to burn my skin. The cats and dogs nestled up against them too.

I wish I’d thought to paint the radiator in my bedroom in a gradient of warm colors. But I would’ve reversed the colors so that the hot red was at the end of the radiator where the steam pipe entered it and became warm first and then fade the color out to yellow at the cooler far end.

Via: Pattern People 

For more color inspiration click here.

.

Share This Post

Tags: , , , , ,

A spirited reddish-orange called “Tangerine Tango” has been pronounced “Color of the Year” for 2012 by the Pantone Color Institute. Is it really any surprise considering the appearance of so much orange on the runway for Spring fashion?

Here’s what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® has to say about the choice, “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2012, including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini, are incorporating this attractive orange into their spring collections. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue, Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to fall fashion as well.

Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.”

I for one like this bright shade quite a bit. I painted my kitchen cabinets this color a few years ago and am still living happily with it. What do you think about Tangerine Tango? Would you wear it or splash it on your walls?

For more color inspiration click here.

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

Monday, the day after Hurricane Irene swept through my state and Vermonters were reeling and digging out from the disastrous flooding and devastation she caused, I was safely at home. I found it hard to fathom how so many towns, villages, farms and homes had been ravaged by the storm. The inconvenience of having no power, a slightly washed out, but passable, road and a wet basement at our house was trivial compared to the major losses of my fellow Vermonters.

My husband’s beat up “job site” battery powered radio urged everyone to stay away from devastated areas until they could be assessed. Feeling helpless, I brought the radio out into the garden with me. I pulled weeds and listened all day to the non-stop updates of what was happening all across the state; homes and covered bridges, crops and cattle swept away, mountain communities isolated when roads and bridges were destroyed and power and phone lines were downed, road closings and evacuations, shelter locations, people volunteering muscle and machinery and the heroic and selfless deeds of neighboring Vermonters.

I listened, gardened, and mourned for Vermont. I clipped my annual poppy seed pods and saved the seeds. I find their shape irresistible and started fooling around with them on a sheet of orangey paper. Here are a few arrangements that I came up with.

© Poppy Gall 2011

Please Help!

Vermonters will be cleaning up and suffering from this storm for some time to come. If you’re inclined – and I hope you ARE – to help out, here are a number of ways to get involved – even if you don’t live in Vermont. THANKS so much!

Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.

You can donate to The United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.

You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note “Hurricane Relief” in the Comments section.

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

Purple and orange color combinations usually conjure up visions of team sport uniforms.Ugh! When looking into my garden for color inspiration I find this is far from true, and am delighted by these two shades used in the same color palette.

1-©PoppyGall2011

x

2-©PoppyGall2011

x

3-©PoppyGall2011

x

4-©PoppyGall2011

x

5-©PoppyGall2011x

x

6-©PoppyGall2011

To see more of my color palettes click here.

“Like” Poppy Gall Design Facebook page.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , ,

We discovered a breathtaking black beach on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula in the western fjords. Polished black pebbles rumbled beneath the pounding surf as they rushed onto the deserted shore.  Bits of brightly hued seaweed were left behind. I loved the contrast of the stark hard stone and the colorful organic seaweed.

January2010

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

x

© Poppy Gall 2011

To see more Color Palettes click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

I love those Saturdays when you leisurely wake up in the morning and have no idea how your day will unfold. Last Saturday was such a day. The day before I’d wound my way by motorcycle across Vermont and New Hampshire with my husband Mike, and friends Judi and Bill, to a campsite on Hermit Island on the Maine coast.

We woke up Saturday after having been serenaded through the night by sounds of the incoming tide, thousands of peepers, buoy bells, chugging lobster boats and drumming grouse.

After breakfast Bill suggested that we find the gravestone of Mary J.O. He explained that he’d taken an award-winning photograph of the stone thirty years earlier and wanted to see it again, though he couldn’t quite remember exactly where to find it.

We all agreed to the idea, and off we went, stopping and traipsing through all the old marble orchards we passed, asking locals where to find others, until we eventually found Mary J.O.’s gravestone.

MARY J.O.

Wife of

Captain David C. Rogers

Died October 21, 1863

31 years 1 mos

Marble appeared to be the choice of stone for the headstones in the old cemeteries along the coast. They bloomed with beautiful orange hued lichen, a color I’d never seen on grave markers before. Perhaps the combination of salt air, acid rain and marble creates the perfect environment for its growth. I was taken by the way the color was taking over (enhancing?) the pretty symbolic carvings.

A lobster dinner and a campfire concluded our leisurely day. We pressed west for home on Sunday morning.

yellow gold

yellow gold

yellow gold

If you like this post – you might also like this or this.

P.S. Check out my ‘Poppy Gall Design facebook page. “Like” it to see what sorts of projects I’m working on and to be an interactive part of my design studio.

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

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.

x

PoppyGallCopyright2010
x
To see more of my color work click here.

P.S. I have a new facebook page. Become a fan and be an interactive part of my design studio.
x

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

© Poppy Gall 2010Color Inspiration – Iceland
The colors of Iceland are still embedded behind my eyelids when I close my eyes, flickering like a mini abstract art slide show. We arrived on the first day of summer on the Icelandic calendar – April 25, 2009. Bundled up in down jackets, mittens and hats, we roamed around Reykjavik before heading northward toward the Arctic Circle to ski among the fjords.
Iceland’s breathtaking landscape is a richly textured tapestry of water, ice, sand, rock, lichen and moss and a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Public art  - sculpture, art installations and murals – is everywhere in Reykjavik. The museums and galleries are loaded with modern and folk art, photography and textile arts. Innovative music and film is born there. I applaud this national appreciation for the arts, one that encourages such a diverse and thriving artist’s community.
Expecting a mostly snowy, late-winter environment, I was pleased to find a broad range of colors, from cool to warm. Here are some color palettes inspired by what I saw. I

When I close my eyes, the colors of Iceland are still embedded behind my eyelids, flickering like a mini abstract-art slide show. We arrived on the first day of summer of the Icelandic calendar – April 25, 2009. Bundled up in down jackets, mittens and hats, we roamed around Reykjavik before heading northward toward the Arctic Circle to ski among the fjords.

Iceland’s breathtaking landscape is a richly textured tapestry of water, ice, snow, sand, rock, lichen and moss and a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. There is a luminescent quality to the light. Public art  - sculpture, art installations and murals – is everywhere in Reykjavik. The museums and galleries are loaded with modern and folk art, photography and textile arts. Innovative music and film is born there. I applaud this national appreciation for the arts, one that encourages and nurtures such a diverse and thriving artist’s community.

Expecting a mostly snowy, late-winter environment, I was pleased to find a broad range of colors, from cool to warm. Here are some color palettes inspired by what I saw. I plan to go back when the island is green!

X

© Poppy Gall 2010

x

© Poppy Gall 2010

x

© Poppy Gall 2010

x

© Poppy Gall 2010

x

© Poppy Gall 2010

To see more of my color palettes click here. Become a facebook fan click here. To see more about my studio click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

master

master
x
x
master
x
x
master
x
x
Share This Post

Tags: , , ,

It is days like this – white-blue-grey landscape, thermometer dipping below zero F, and windy – that I am grateful I remembered to start forced bulbs on the solstice! Finally, they have burst splendid color and fragrance all through my house. These blooms, such a joy and savior, help and help me through until gardening season in Vermont – so far away – begins! I hope you enjoy my photos.

1_1629

2_1631

3_1636

4_1624

6_1657

5_1633

7_1647

Share This Post

Tags: ,

I’ve spent the last few weeks putting my gardens to bed before ski season begins.  It’s a slow process. I can’t bear to cut anything down if there is the slightest trace of color left in the plant or if it still has interesting form. It’s now November and not much is colorful or remains standing. I lament the passing of the bountiful growing season, rich with fragrant and edible delights, color, texture and structure. I’ll miss having fresh flowers on my dining table every day.

I work in waves with each successive frost, removing the less hardy perennials that have shriveled up and turned brown or turned mushy and lay flattened on the soil and add them to the compost bins.

Last night we had a hard frost. This morning blades of grass and fallen leaves and apples were edged with silver. I had to scrape my windshield. The last remaining purple in the once brilliant asters disappeared overnight and the Physostegia fell to the ground.

Into my garden I went, armed with my favorite Japanese saw, ready to do my final clean up. As I bent down to cut back the Physostegia I found that yesterdays slender green stalks and leaves topped with graceful pale pink flowers had been transformed to the most succulent and vibrant shades of purplish red – like the juice that gets on your fingers when peeling beets. Its leaves were streaked with slivers of olive-y green and ochre. What a delightful surprise!

IMG_1144

I couldn’t resist bringing the brilliant stems indoors to enjoy. I placed them in a turquoise blue pottery vase from the 1920’s and placed them on my table. I have captured their brilliance in a photograph and translated what I see into a color palette and then dropped the colors into one of my print designs.

Physostegia2

Although the color has drained from my garden, Mother Nature will continue to inspire me with color even through the bleak days before snow carpets the landscape. For more information on my print and color palette work visit http://www.PoppyGall.com.

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,