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I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I am still living in the area, although I spent 3 years in Germany (Stuttgart). Fighting the age long battle against the bulge. Some days I am winning, some days the bulge is winning. I hang out with my dogs (three toy fox terrierists) and husband.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Color in front of my face


It's a grey Sunday morning as I sit in a suburb of Detroit. I was just watching the yellow finches out the window chowing down on the seeds in the sunflowers (having their breakfast) and I saw a beautiful orange bird. I looked it up in my bird book and it's a Baltimore Oriole - what it is doing so far west, I don't know. I think that Ernesto might have blown it off it's tracks and it's now hiding in our trumpet vine plant. That's cool - the plant is orange and green, the bird is orange and black. It reminded me of a post that I saw on Robin Atkins blog (http://beadlust.blogspot.com) the other day about color templates/palettes in pictures. I took a picture of the trumpet vine the other day, and now need to get a close-up of the flower to see if I can re-create the same colors in a piece that I have in the back of my head. What colors exactly are in the flower and how many shades of green turning to black do I have to work with.

I was so intrigued by what I read on Robin's blog, that I ordered Margie Deeb's book "The Beader's Guide to Color " right away.
http://www.margiedeeb.com/html/product.php?productid=168&type=2

Here's another picture of the same trumpet vine - taken this morning. I went through the picture and pulled the colors that you see on the left side of the picture. When I look at the vine from my bedroom window, I see more orange in the flower than I do the pink, which is interesting, because in a close-up the pink is the more dominant color.
Now, if that oriole would just come back so I could take his picture.....

3 comments:

Judith said...

Scary... I just did color too!
Color thoughts must be in the air - our local beading group was recently chatting about the need to explore other colorways. I never got a photo either, but in AZ when the aloe bloom a deep dusty hot orange/pink, I had an oriole hanging on the blooms. Every time I got the camera, he wouldn't stay around. I agree- what a great color combination.

kiriaioulia said...

Hey Liz...
I was curious to see what the Oriole looked like, so my quick search came up with this photo. Hopefully you can get a picture of your little guy - but if not, maybe this link will help!

http://www.naturesound.com/birds/pages/oriole.html

All In The Family Tree said...

I have had a baltimore oriole in my yard the past three summers but did not see this year - I love them and we never see them here in Southern Florida - not sure why we did but loved it while it lasted!