Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Power of Colors

While writing the previous post on color, I became acutely aware of my connection with colors. Colors wake me up, challenge me, inspire me, and change me. For me, and for many, color is what makes the world go 'round. Seeing a gorgeous combination of hues is sublime. Just take a look at this and tell me that doesn't light your fire.

A few months ago, I "met" Brandi, a jewelry designer who draws her inspiration from color. This week, she hosted a Color Palette Blog Walk, and here is my contribution. Tomorrow's theme is "blogger's choice--what's inspiring you."

Well, what's inspiring me right now is the time I have had in the woods with my family recently. A camping trip to the mountains, a climbing trip to an old haunt of ours, the quiet discovery of kids in the forest with no agenda and no distractions.

This photo was taken at our campsite. I was trying to capture all the different greens that were glowing above our heads, and the almost graphic quality of the darks where the leaves overlap. The photo doesn't quite do it justice, but making this color palette for it made me happy. I was transported back to the campsite, with all the serenity, scents, and feelings that go with it.

Also inspiring me right now? The skill, tenacity, and finesse with which our girls scaled these rocks. We are looking forward to a lifetime of rock climbing together as a family.

What's inspiring you right now?

Take a look at the color palettes other artists have created here. Amazing.


  1. hi amy. love your photo and color palette. really great and graphic.

    i am going to go check out the other palettes created.

    oh, and go you rock climbers!!

  2. Oh Amy, how pretty is this! I love the variety of greens. It reminds me of laying under a tree, looking up lazily after a good picnic. Awesome palette, thanks for playing along!

  3. Dearest Amy, color is one of my daily inspiration too!! These photos are gorgeous and very inspiring! WOW rock climbing together as a family sounds really FUN!! I have never tried any of such activity...but im sure it's a wonderful experience! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  4. I'm so impressed by your family rock climbing!!!! I totally love how this colour story contains so much inspiration, so much story...

  5. I love color too and color blog walk is so inspiring. When I see huges of colors against eachother like that I get all giddy. Right now I'm inspired by my children being inspired. All three of them are on creative fire and it absolutely inspires me. Have fun climbing rocks, mountains and walls as a family. How fun!

  6. Wonderful photo and colors! It is wonderous how many types of green (or any color) there are.
    Your girls are so brave. Amazing! That is fun to see-great photo!
    Right now tomatoes, red, seaweed, seas, blues and greens with a little yellow thrown in for good measure. Thanks for sharing.