Tag Archives: colour

Leaves : Spring & Summer

I’m in love with the green of leaves. Right now, it’s the end of Summer in Australia (yup, this is one weird country compared with the rest of the world). It’s hard to tell which leaves on which trees will turn golden then brown and fall to the ground, and which will stay green all year round. I’m no garden expert, and some trees that I swear are olive trees are perhaps some indigenous Australian gum instead. 

But I’ve fallen in love with big, green, leafy plants, especially the ones with leaves that are almost sculptural in their beauty. Green is a very refreshing and calming colour, and if you prefer not to have it on your walls, perhaps consider a houseplant to give your home a dash of this amazing colour.

So, once again courtesy of Pinterest, here are my favourite greens for Spring and Summer. (Seriously, folks, if you’re not already a fan of Pinterest and spend hours trawling through it, pinning this and that to your dozens of Boards, it’s time to get with the programme).

Lagenlook : Green

I could so rock some of these outfits. Others are slightly too daring for me. Some of these have me itching to get my sewing machine going on some linen. 

Wait a minute, what linen? Every time I visit my local Spotlight store, I always forget to check something out. I’ve been to Spotlight for so many different things – collage papers, stamps, a root through the fabric remnants box, fabric, sewing equipment, handbag hardware, a root through the fabric remnants box, Mod Podge, textile paints, papier mache boxes, needle felting equipment, webbing, a root through the fabric remnants box, scented candles, bedlinen, curtains, kitchenware, etc, etc, etc. Every single time I go there I tell myself to look out for natural linen fabric for dressmaking. And every single time I forget. 

Ah well, I expect when the time is perfect I’ll remember about checking out some dressmaking linen fabrics. And then maybe I can really sew up some of these beauties myself…that’s the dream, anyhow.

(The following images have been curated from Pinterest. I encourage you to check out my Pinterest board “Tunics & Lagenlook”, because many of these items are actually available to buy, from their respective makers).

Enjoy the Lagenlook Greens!

These Make Me Happy

I’m a visual person, and I love Colour. Not for me the stark austerity of black and white. I like my colours bright, zingy, vibrant, they have to SING. That’s why I love Pinterest so much – it always comes up with the goods, and is the best Colour Therapy I know of, besides my own crazy experimental Gelli Plate printing sessions.

Here are some of my favourite Pinterest images, curated for their colour. I hope they make You feel happy too!

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For Mother’s Day this year, The Kid picked out a teacup and saucer set from my favourite tea shop in Perth City, T2. It’s from the “She Loves” range, and it came wrapped in a beautifully illustrated paper. I took a photo of the wrapping paper, blended some more colours into it using Apps, and it is now my Note 4’s wallpaper. It makes me happy.

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In The Pink

Pink is for girls, right? Wrong. Pink is for everybody, and Mother Nature knows it best. Some of us humans have cottoned on too, thank goodness :-).

Here are some of my favourite Pink things, curated from Pinterest. Hmmm…maybe just this once, I should say Pinkerest instead?

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Oh, and I found one of my own iPhoneography images actually titled “In The Pink”:

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Definition of “In the Pink” (of condition and health):
Fig. in very good health; in very good condition, physically and emotionally.

The Colour Purple

Yes, I know that’s the title of a book and film tie-in. But it’s also what this post is all about. The celebration of the colour purple, and its various hues. Think Wisteria, Bougainvillea, Jacaranda, Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, pergolas, romantic walks under great arches of lavender blossoms, bluebell woods…

I was up really early this morning, and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I went on Pinterest, as usual ;), and came across a photo of a garden decked out in purple. That caught my imagination, so I started looking for more purple gardens and flowers.

Here are some of my favourites, courtesy of Pinterest.

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Artist Inspiration : ANA ELISA BENAVENT

Following on from my previous post about Helen Frankenthaler, I’ve found yet another female artist who creates the most vibrant, vivid, emotive colour field art, and whose work inspires my own creative juices. She’s contemporary artist Ana Elisa Benavent, a native of Mexico City transplanted to the USA.

Here are some literally glowing examples of Ana Elisa’s artwork:

 

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Ana Elisa’s own words about her Art, taken from her own website:

“I paint emotions, and I paint them in colors.

Joy, love, sorrow, frustration, excitement… A warm orange red cheers up a gloomy midnight blue; a big, bold, jealous deep purple takes over; let’s invite a bit of white to make peace.

And so these large fields of color start talking to and playing with each other, layer over layer, foundation colors under translucent colors under contrasting colors, it’s all a moving target of shapes, lines, and textures. Rolling, brushing, dripping, spattering, slathering. They all add up to tell the story. My story, your story.

I am a color expressionist artist, deeply influenced by the color field abstract masters. I grew up in Mexico City and have lived in the Washington DC area for 15 years. Always exploring different forms of art on the side, I spent the first part of my life working mostly for nonprofit organizations, until formally taking up abstract art with Marsha Staiger at The Art League in Alexandria.

I have exhibited in DC and New York. I am a member of International Arts & Artists and the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC, and of The Art League at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria VA.

My work is available for sale at Saatchi Online or by contacting me directly via email.”

Ana Elisa has also produced a video explaining her thought process and painting techniques:

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