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!
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…