There is an artistic reference library inside our brains. For me, the library needs constant upgrading with fresh ideas so that when I purchase or paint fabric for quilts or choose beads for beadwork and other projects, I am reminded of Nature's color palate, Her textures, and of the freedom it takes to create with integrity.
When I began teaching myself to quilt, HGTV presented several craft, sewing and quilting shows. I noticed right away that there were many rules about color. For example never use colors next to each other on the color wheel; that yellow overpowers, and stay away from too much red.
Most of the rules restricted ideas and rendered me incapable of transferring what was in my mind onto fabric and other media.
One night I had a dream about something, and my great grandmother, Margaret, marched through the dream and said to me, "Throw all the colors together. They go. Don't they?"
Great grandmother Margaret freed me. I have never looked back.
The following images are from San Diego, new installments for my creative reference library.
green on blue, yellow, brown, white, silver highlights, heaven, sky, smooth, hot
Looks like food
green, red, yellow, pink, brown
movement, magic, red, pink, yellow, green, silver, brown, gaiety, white, black
bluish green, shimmer, white, brown, pink (feet), black, iridescence (for me, glitter), smooth, not smooth
A sculpture in a desert park.
re-purposing, patina, greens (how many shades of green are there, anyway?), yellow, red, brown, spikey, soft, hard, smooth, gritty
Love and independence
mommie duck and babies. watch the last little baby. independent thinking at its best.
Well, that's it for now. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Quilting! or whatever creative project you are doing or thinking about.
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