Thursday, July 10, 2014
color and proportions
Look at this picture from a website called design-seeds.
If you know me at all you know I love a flamingo. My friend Linda also knows that, and sent me the link to the picture above.
See what the website has shown? They took the colors in the photo and show them at the side in big slabs.
I love the picture but not the slabs of colors together taken directly from the photo. I wondered why...
Colors that look so lovely in nature are not in equal proportions as shown in the slabs on the side.
I may like them together in nature but not in equal amounts. This is good to realize when making quilts and other art.
Say you are deciding what colors to put in a quilt, you might go shopping and lay bolts on top of each other in a stack to decide if they go together. The trouble is you are looking at equal amounts of colors being expressed and a quilt pattern will rarely have equal amounts of color, they'll have accent color in small amounts, like the black above. They will have a main color, like the blues above.
When choosing fabrics to use we need to take this into account, don't we? Anyone have a story about a quilt that seemed so good on paper but went wrong in the sewing because of this? LeeAnna
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