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Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Rose Quartz & Serenity

Madam Butterfly
Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Have you already heard about this? Pantone selected two colors of the year for 2016...yes, Rose Quartz and Serenity. So who is Pantone?  Color Authority.  Owned by Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corp., Pantone creates a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. Every year the company polls decor and fashion designers, manufacturers and retailers about colors they plan to use and based on the information gathered, pick the color for the coming year.  This is the first year Pantone has selected two. Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The 2016 PANTONE Color of the Year

Take a closer might say baby pink and baby blue, however Pantone says more of a Rose Pink to convey a rosy warmth balanced with the blue to invoke tranquility. No baby stuff here.

Be watching for these colors....everywhere.  You will see it in home products, clothing, personal products.  Here are just a few.

Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, Pink
Image result for pink designer clothing men

Interestingly enough, when Pantone announced their decision to name these two colors for 2016 I could not stop connecting my most recent painting, Madame Butterfly, to the decision.  

Madame Butterly

Truly, I did not know of Pantone's color selection until just a few days ago.  No one did.  I firmly believe (and have written about this before) if the mind is open it can tap into thoughts that circulate through the universe. It's not a conscience thing; it happens with spontaneity and is absolutely unplanned. This goes along with my last blog post about using your creativity, allowing yourself to be open and flexible.  Do things a little differently.  

Madame Butterfly

When I approached this particular painting I let it grow and change in a spontaneous manner.  I had not planned on using this palette.  It just happened as the painting progressed based on what I thought looked best.  A lot of intuition.  I never use pink..oops...Rose Quartz.  I typically do not use pastel colors.  My palette is usually bold, fully saturated color. Being open allowed the universe to dictate a very different palette and one I now see is coming into use everywhere.  Rose Quartz and Serenity.  

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Get Creative.

Use Your Creativity

Every one of us, yes, every one of us is creative. I cannot tell you how many times I hear, " I could never do that.  I don't have a creative bone in my body.  I can't even draw a stick figure."  This couldn't be further from the truth.  Everyone is creative and just needs to learn to tap into that creativity. And when you do, you are entertained, happy, and can create a positive situation for everyone around you. Here is an example:

An old time friend invites me to build a gingerbread house every year. She makes the gingerbread, cuts out the pieces, gathers together all the candy and other decorative items, and helps put the house together. This friend is creative....and generous too (she does this for over 70 people).  She doesn't believe she is creative however.

It is a gift to be able to spend time in the studio of the Gingerbread Lady (some people call her that) letting your creativity flow, sharing friendship and a few nibbles of sweets.  Her creativity allows others to use their creativity and have fun in the process.

What ever you are doing, let it be infused with creativity. Think outside the box.  Do it a little differently than you normally do.  Expand your idea and do it in a different way adding flair and imagination. That's creativity.  It can be in the garden, in the house, at work, where ever you are and with what ever you are doing.  

It's a busy time of year with loads of opportunities to change the way you typically do something. Change it up by using your creativity.

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