So, this month’s challenge theme has me wondering what are the colours of autumn in different parts of the world? How might that difference bring different points of inspiration to your beading? In Lapland the colours of yellows, reds and browns sit aside the vivid colours of the northern lights, in Kyoto (Japan) the wonderful shifting and brilliant red colours of autumnal maple leaves attest to autumn and in Abruzzo (Italy) it’s the yellowing leaves of grapes vines, deep browns of ploughed fields and the purples and blacks of ripening olives on the trees that give autumn it’s special colours. As you think about this month’s challenge of the colours of autumn leaves falling maybe worlds outside your own could hold the key to your inspiration. I have included some suggested starting points below. Would love to hear from you about what the colours of autumn in your world are and if autumn is not in your world what might inspire you for this great challenge theme.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Autumn_leaves_%28pantone%29_crop.jpg (Creative Commons liscene)
Some sources of inspiration:
- Artwork – a great book is Fall Colors and Scenes in Modern ArtAutumn Paintings of Pissarro, Klimt, Metcalf, O’Keeffe and Jackson. See:
Autumn in South Africa: http://sequoiagardens.wordpress.com/category/autumn-colour/ has lots of wonderful photos of autumn in south Africa
An artists guide to fall leaf colour is a great image to inspire: http://forestry.about.com/od/fallcolor/a/fall_leaf_color.htm
Google images: try searching using a combination of autumn and a country you don’t live in. Some surprising and inspiring images emerge.