Thursday, August 08, 2013

Color, Color, Color

It is rare that I sit down to blog mid-afternoon, but I am taking a break.  It is also rare that I am home all day, spending time in my sewing room at the semi-cleaned off cut/iron table. This is no great sacrifice, since it rained for part of the day and is quite humid again.

I spent the day tweaking/fine-tuning/revising/revamping/redesigning my color wheel-less class, Fearless Color. Still not done, but it did give me the opportunity to fondle/feel/organize/play with a whole bunch of 5" squares of solid colors. Ahhh....

I also cut some skinny strips of neutrals, just for a change.  Each packet of squares has  1 each of ROYGBV.  But here's the challenge: since we are thinking in color families instead of color wheels, there is variation not only in value (light-dark just in case you've been on another planet) and in how pure or greyed-down a color is. 

I noticed something interesting in the color packets I bought for this class: there are lots of greens and almost no oranges -- true in every value and range and assortment. Hmmm...this did not make my life easy, but every packet is different and random and it should be interesting when we start to work with them.

Lots of people are interested in taking a color class, but everyone's needs and experience are different.  Because I work on a purely intuitive level I have never had trouble with color choices.  But as long as I am revising/revamping etc. this class, I would really be interested in what stumps you about color choices (if anything) and what your dream class on color would include.  Of course, there's not a lot we can do in a one-day class (which seems to be what most guilds want, sadly enough) - but as I edit the longer class, I'd love to have your input.

In the meantime, I have accumulated a huge bag of strips of various sizes and OMG, have to use/give away/ some of these before I do another thing.  This is only ONE bag. don't ask about the bins and boxes. 

Rosh Hashanah is coming up right after Labor Day: maybe I should think about starting the New Year with a relatively clean slate.  We'll see.

Finally, this sign was in the rest room in Greenwich Village's Caffé Reggio last weekend.
Meant to post it on wordless Wednesday but forgot I had taken the picture.  HUH??  I'd like to know what they had in mind.

Ok - that's it for now.  Feel free to comment about what you'd like in a color class -- I'd love to hear it.



tiedyejudy said...

Jeez! I have no idea, as I have never been to one and don't really know what they are for. I've been a color junkie all my life, and love to play with light/dark, contrasts, but for me... color-wise, more has always been better. Maybe showing what happens when you do stark contrast compared to gradual blends from one color way to another. One thing I tend do do is work in a color way (say blue/green/purple) but inject a contrast here and there for visual interest. For me, neutrals are hard to work with, so maybe demonstrate how they work for you in the design to emphasize your focal points?

Eva said...

When I was two years old, my mother found me sorting her sewing yarns in a rainbow. Since then, certain colors can thrill me like an adventure story. What happens in the tension of cognac - deep plum -- azurro? Or bougainville purple, lemon yellow and turquoise green? How to pick two enemies like orange and purple and find some diplomats to create a tensed, but fruitful conversation? Would lime green do the job? Or gold? And what is the effect of different proportions? Never ending fun.

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