brainstorming, continued

Post #2.  Brainstorming, continued.

Sometimes as I’m leafing through reference material, patterns, textures, lighting, color combinations, or even compositions, will jump out at me.  I’m not really sure how to describe it… something will just instantly appeal, somehow dove-tailing into a notion I might have about a design… that  I’ll try *somehow* to incorporate *something* about it into the new design… whatever that design may be.  Vague, I know.  And that’s the best part!

For example:

I love the colors in this photo.  It’s a complimentary color scheme: yellow-orange and green with blue-purple (one of my favorites). Classic.  The contrast of the flower petals and the reflective metal bowl is also eye candy to me, too.

And this one:

It’s hard to say what caught my eye first about this image: the cozy setting (who doesn’t love a fireplace and/or candle light?), the amazing wealth of textures (carved wood panelling, deep lace edging on the tablecloth, sparkle of crystal, the metal scrollwork of the chandelier, the luxurious tapestry coverings on the chairs) or the sumptuous colors…  There’s that complimentary color thing again: earthy gold-browns and greens with pops of red.  Yummy.

And these!  The textures in these photos are drool-able:

The image directly above contains so many contrasting textures that I could stare at it for hours.  The lighting helps to heighten the interest, definitely. Isn’t the damask tablecloth with the surface embroidery on it amazing?  I would imagine it’s a cotton or silk fiber, without bulk, like tapestry wool. I can almost see the (by comparison) matte texture of the embroidery against the sheen of the damask.  Wow.  It makes my fingers itch to stitch!

Crewel stitches are very dimensional as compared to basic cross stitch.  Maybe I can duplicate some of these visually interesting motifs in wool or other fibers.  Maybe not.  Who knows?!  I really don’t *need* to know that at this point.  All I really know is that they appeal to me.  They get me thinking.

How about some more?

In the next post…

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4 Responses to brainstorming, continued

  1. twentzler says:

    Thanks for commenting Silverlotus, Shirley and Fiona!

    I love listening to people explain how they “see” different images… because everyone sees things a bit differently, and invariably, I get my eyes opened!

    So, please feel free to comment about what you see in the images as well, or any other impressions you may want to share. The more the merrier. 🙂

  2. Fiona says:

    How strange……although I have zero art ability I think I have an eye for colour and love playing with colour combinations, but the pictures that really leap out and grab me are the ones with texture! I love the monochrome especially 🙂 Maybe I’m not as good with colour as I thought 😦

    But having had a second look after typing the above, I realise it’s the tactile nature of the items that I love.

    Bother, Teresa, now you’re making me think!!! LOL

  3. Shirley Crockett says:

    I am really enjoying this peek into your design process, Teresa! I’m so glad you decided to share it with us!

  4. Silverlotus says:

    I really liked being able to see these pictures through your eyes. I wouldn’t have noticed the depth or textures without you pointing them out.

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