It makes me happy to sit at my computer now (you can see it at right). That little white boat-shaped thing is a wall shelf I picked up at Home Sense. It goes with the coastal beach cottage theme I was after. My colour sense has been so influenced by my trip to the Greek Islands last September. I haven't hung anything on the walls yet because I don't want to damage the paint while it is curing. My body hurt everywhere when I was finished but it was so well worth it!
Next up, when I get some time (maybe early September), I plan to paint my studio apple green :-) This is just going to be a year where teaching is in demand and rooms need to get painted. Teaching will slow down again, it goes in cycles, and I'll have more time in the studio.
In addition to that, I've been dyeing and ironing. I always bring fabric with me when I'm teaching (unless I'm teaching at a shop) and I wanted to make sure students in my classes at Haliburton School of the Arts have options if they needed a light or a dark or ... There aren't any fabric stores really close by the college as it is in cottage country. I'm leaving Sunday for two weeks of teaching there.
Let me show you. So the photo below is one I chose as inspiration for a quilt I'm about to make, one that I hope to publish a pattern for. I find this photo has lots of light and shadow and I could use it as is.
However, just to show what I mean by "posterizing", I've applied that feature to the photo below. When someone paints a flower, they can nicely blend one colour into another, but when we are making a quilt with pieces of fabric, we have to decide where the hard edges of the fabric are going to be. The "posterizing" feature in PhotoShop does the work of setting out the colour and value changes in definite shapes.
Let me repeat. I do not normally use the posterizing feature. I try to get a good photograph where I won't need it. But it does help when the photo doesn't have the hi-lights and shadows I'm looking for because it makes the value changes easier to discern.
I am having reservations about making this quilt in red and yellow because I've already published a poppy pattern that is red and yellow, so I thought I might change the colour to purple and orange instead. I tried a few options to make the flower more purple and orange, below:
But I'm not sure this is what I want. It doesn't have the freshness of the original red and yellow version. Here it is "purpleized" (haha) and posterized!
When I google "tulip purple and orange" images, something much prettier comes up. So I may have to use the colour inspiration I find in the googled tulips and transfer it to my tulip. Here, for example you can see what I mean:
By the way, if you don't have PhotoShop, I understand there are some free programs on the web to posterize photos. Just google "free softerware posterize photos", or something like that.
In the mean time, I dug up this coleus photo I took at least a decade ago. Yes, I was inspired by my students on Salt Spring Island who were working with coleus. The original photo is a little blah to me.
So I revved up the colour.
I'm still dreaming about this fern from Vancouver Island:
and the smoke bush!
Before I sign off, I want to share this little plant. It is a "Dr. Bob", or "Robert Olson" hosta, sent to me by Bob Olson, the Editor of The Hosta Journal. It is doing well in my garden.