More Palettes – The Many Moods of Summer

More Palettes - The Many Moods of Summer

Here it is, only the end of July and yet it almost feels like “Summer” is over. Why is that? Time passes so quickly? Maybe it’s because we’re already seeing Fall fashions.

“But wait, there’s more!” (OK, where have we heard that before?) It is still happening and in a typically glorious way, too. So, not really after the fact-but rather in reflecting on recent memory both mental and visual-I wanted to present a few color palette ideas based on natural surroundings and a few other things, too. After all, the “Many Moods of Summer” includes a lot! It’s not all sailing, sunny, and roses… we have some moody and darkly mysterious moments also. That’s what adds the dimensional quality, it seems to me. So whether it’s for paint colors interior or exterior, your home or your workplace, fashion, or just another view of the world, new color palettes can offer new inspiration.

Obviously, like many of you I enjoy being inspired by color combinations that occur in nature. After all, that’s where it begins. There is of course the related risk of being redundant, or looking like a ‘copier.’ Yet, that’s not really been a problem for me. I just am inspired by and where inspiration strikes and, while I find it interesting to see what else is ‘out there,’ I’m not really directed by the colors that others present.

Waking up one day to the perfect range of yellows in golden roses, golden glow. Then, there are the festive, multicolored roses in a range of reds and yellows. I’ve never seen these before they popped up in our front yard! They elicit a smile every day.What a pleasure.

Looking past the most obvious view, the juicy-looking underside of another multicolored rose feels like sunset hues. And viewing it from above, the same brilliant flower!

But balance is key. As with many things, looking past the obvious adds dimension. In this case, even in these floral palettes it’s adding a little coolness from the surroundings that provides balance.

Speaking of dimension and balance, a trip one day to Point Reyes offered a surprise, moody inspiration in a view of an old farmhouse in the midst (and, the mist) of a field surrounded by trees..

Night skies provide a different kind of dramatic palette.

A more “neutral” style of palette is inspired by the swirling growth patterns of a unique tree bark and it’s amazing colors and shapes.

Pieces of antique wood taken from a historic building have beautiful stencilled patterns and a lovely color combination that could create a mood that’s festive or calm.  

Back to a favorite place for long walks is a peaceful location that includes a view from a bridge, with old, lush trees reaching out over the stream. Each visit is a unique experience with something different to focus on. How can you not be inspired?

Every tree is as if from another world, with a completely different look. But that’s no surprise, just inspiring.

Then it’s back to the playground, with it’s array of primary colors and sand!

So, with my usual caveat to not use these color selections as rules, or dictates, or even to recommend using them as you seem them together here, I hope you enjoy the combinations.

And as always, I invite your comments.