Published February 29, 2008
Tags: color quiz
Here is another one of those short on-line quizzes, this one tells you the color of your mind. I took the test several times (with different answers) and always came up with a “green” brain. What color is your mind?
” GREEN= Of all the mind types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.
You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don’t get stuck in bad thinking patterns.
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).”
and surfing the web….
Published February 27, 2008
Leave it to Etsy to enhance ones on-line shopping experience… there color picker has been updated to include filtering by search engine terms. First you enter what you are looking for in the text field, for example: earrings, purses or necklaces, then click the color you are looking for on the right.
Unfortunately the color picker can’t differentiate between the color of the sale items and the background color of the image- my search for purple earrings yielded several pairs of brown earrings on a purple background- but considering how many items are for sale on the site, the color picker with search terms is a useful feature.
Published February 24, 2008
JeongMee Yoon’s “Wonderful World of Color” slide show with accompanying article about the gallery show is featured on the New York Time’s website. Yoon was inspired to take these pictures by her five year old daughter who loves pink and pink things.- it also provides food for thought in regards to cultural gender differences and conspicuous consumption (compulsive shopping)- presumably via parents, aunts, uncles and parents.
One day when I was looking at some of my baby pictures (in black and white) I asked my Mother what color were the walls, as they looked fairly dark? When she told me purple I was quite surprised because as long as I can remember her house has been decorated in earth colors. Apparently, I got an early start in my preference for purple!
Published February 20, 2008
Here is an interesting and colorful project= They assigned each musician a different color. The musicians each wrote a track. These five tracks were given to five directors (along with the color) and they made five music videos….
RED DNTEL “Turning Red”
YELLOW Marie Ddby “Painting Your Sunshine”
GREEN Swizz Beatz “Candy Green”
BLUE The Blakes “MAgic”
BLACK & WHITE The Ravonettes
“What began as a a questions has resulted in 5 original pieces of music and 5 original music videos.” Visit Sound of Color I wonder what happened to PURPLE (or maybe that is the next project)?
Published February 19, 2008
Polymer Clay Events
Tags: Blue crabs, Synergy
I’m almost packed and ready to attend the National Polymer Clay Guild Synergy conference in Baltimore Maryland…I am looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and meeting new ones. Even though the signature dish of Baltimore= steamed Blue Crabs with McCormick Old Bay Seasoning is out of season (imported from Venezuela for the winter months) I am planing on at least one colorful crabified Baltimore indulgence!
I look forward to seeing all the photos, posts and new inspirations generated by this conference in the upcoming weeks….Rock-on! Or polymerize JOY!
My favorite crab seasoning….
Fortunately available at our local Costco in the indulgence size= 24 oz. Perfect for potato salad, fried chicken, crab cakes and Cole slaw (and steamed crabs).
Published February 17, 2008
I still remember my excitment the first time I saw the book = Living Colors- which is double sided spiral bound and provides examples and sample color palette chips from “80 essential color palettes from ancient to modern times”.
It is allways interesting to me to see just what colors and how many colors involved in a scheme are chosen to be highlighted for illustrative purposes. Along the same lines is a series of color stripe breakdowns of enchanting images at Kris’s Color Stripes= from Italy a designer’s notebook by an artist and fashion designer with a passion for home designs.
Published February 17, 2008
YES! I will readily admit to regularly checking my blog stats, often…and sometimes I am puzzled and/or amused by the results. Seemingly my “worst” days are Sundays, followed by a definitive spike on Mondays…which makes me wonder how many people read blogs while they are at work? Judy Dunn posted an excellent piece “Stepping on the Blog Scale” on Artrepreneur: The Collision of Art and Business. Equally fascinating to me is the feature of seeing what search engine terms are being used to find my site. Search engine terms such as “polymer clay workshops” = which can be found by navigating the tabs on the bottom of the header on my blog or “how to cut polymer clay” see posts on slicing and dicing here. So, if you are wondering just where this is all leading…today’s search engine query that caught my eye was “$10 pasta machines” Optimistic, yes…but I have heard of people finding $5 Atlas pasta machines at yard sales and I have had people relate their personal stories about how a “pasta goddess” machine made in China and purchased using several discount coupons served them well for several frisky years of rolling polymer clay…
REMINDER= BE KIND…
to YOUR pasta machine= one of the biggest investments you will be making in terms of tools to work with polymer clay- don’t “ask” it to do things it wasn’t designed to do
to YOUR hands = pain free, flexible and sturdy
to YOUR artistic spirit= are unreasonable expectations, the fear of trying new things or distraction hampering your artistic growth?
Speaking of distraction…I’m supposed to be packing for Synergy in Baltimore!
Published February 15, 2008
Tags: color palette of space
One of my favorite color inspiration collages is predominately made up of faded indigo and medium valued desaturated orange and many of the magazine clippings used to make this collage came from an article in Science magazine featuring pictures from the planet Mars. Since Mars has been relatively close to earth these past few years-when sky gazing, I wasn’t sure if what I was seeing was the reflection of the sun or a direct indication of massive amounts of iron oxide. I have also been fascinated by the images that have been transmitted by the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope, as the color combinations often seem other-worldly and incredibly stunning! Turns out there is a Hubble Telescope color palette and this web site offers explanation=
“But, do you really need to make the images true color? There is often information that can be gained by making one or another part of the image dominate. For example, if you look at a nebula in one wavelength, say that given off by hydrogen as it deionizes, then you can see where the ionized hydrogen is in the nebula. And, you can even use different spectral lines to represent different colors. That is often done to produce the amazing images that you see from professional observatories or space based telescopes. It is important to note that these are virtually always false color images. A common color scheme is the Hubble palette(since many HST images are released using it). The Hubble palette is what Steve Tuttle used in the image at the top of this posting. The Hubble palette uses images from three narrow line filters, S II, Hα ,and O III, to be the red, green, and blue parts of the image.”
Colorful food for thought, indeed!
Published February 13, 2008
color surfs , Musings
Admittedly my chances of receiving a bouquet of Valentine’s day roses are about one in twelve million…but, just in case, I have been researching the meaning of the different colors of roses. Who could imagine that each rose color, rather than being chosen in deference to availability, the receiver’s favorite color or the predominate color in a room- would be laden with “meaning”? Just how many well intentioned S.O.’s have inadvertently sent the wrong message by arriving with a bouquet of the “wrong” colored roses?
I still remember the last time I received a florist delivery of lavender roses …and relish, cherish the memory! And it makes it all the more poignant that lavender roses mean= enchantment, majesty and love at first sight. Roses or not, I wish everyone a happy Valentine’s day!
“Purple adds enchantment. Can be transcendental. Possible need to proceed cautiously. The priests wear lavender during lent, a time of discretion. Purple can indicate opulence or majesty.” Color really can be a powerful way to communicate!
Published February 12, 2008
color surfs , Musings
Tags: Flower of the month
Actually = Flower of the month! I’ve heard of Birthstones and of course astrological signs, but didn’t realize that there are flowers asscosiated with each month (conspiracy via the National Florists’ Association)?
4 parts Ultramarine, 4 parts Flourescent/neon pink plus 2 parts white polymer clay = the February flower of the month the purple Iris. The predominant quality that is associated with irises is purity. Their meaning has grown to include faith, hope, and wisdom. In many places, the purple and dark blue iris flowers are considered to represent royalty. The yellow is thought of as representing passion. Two other general meanings for irises are admiration and courage.
Also known as fleur-de-lis, these flowers are deeply associated with Isis, the Greek goddess who acted as a messenger between the gods and a link between heaven and earth. They are also a symbol of Hera, the Greek moon goddess. In the past they were planted at a woman’s final resting place as a way of reminding Isis to guide her in her journey beyond death. They were revered in Egypt, and they became the national symbol of France. Originally they were used for perfumes and medicinal purposes.