Wednesday, September 23, 2015

colour play

the days and weeks have flown past - i have no idea whatsoever how we've gotten to the last days of september but the calendar tells me it is so...

we've been away - down to oregon to visit family, and a wonderful visit it was
there was even a baby to play with - happy days indeed!

finding my way back to the everyday - the garden is still growing, albeit more slowly than on warm summer days, but there is still turnip, swiss chard, leeks, beets, carrots, arugula and kale - now i understand the the true meaning of harvest!

i will miss my garden during the months of winter but will be planning and dreaming of playing in the dirt again next year...

just before we went away i took advantage of what seemed like the last summer day

i sat out on the patio with a pile of bits and pieces and played with colour


the image above was cut from a magazine - an inspiration piece, something to pull colour ideas from


starting with a row of smyrna crosses


 one of my favourite stitches, highlighting some of the colours that appeal most to me


 choosing fabrics that replicate some of the characteristics of the cloth in the picture, then isolating some and pulling yet more colour ideas from them





a very fiddly but oh-so-glad-i-did-it row of french knots on a tiny strip of water-colour paper

 interpreting ideas with buttons
{i think i liked the button exercise best of all!}




 unsure of how i wanted to paint a colour card, i first tried circles with french knots...

and then rectangles with seed stitches


i liked the circles, loved the rectangles

that's the value of play - you can't know if you don't try... yes, it all takes time, but it's in the doing that comes the knowing and with each thing i try i get closer

closer to understanding what i like, and what i don't

and it was a most beautiful day to play

9 comments:

Rachel said...

It sounds positively blissful!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What fun! I love your creative processes.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Createology said...

I feel like I am in dreamland when I read your posts. How you play with such attention to materials and colors just makes me swoon! I love how you put pieces together and then try different ways of putting pieces together. Glad to hear you had safe travels and visit with family. Babies are wonderful and keep us young-at-heart.
Play on my friend...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Family time is the best - especially so when there's a little one to entertain everyone. We're planning a zoo day with our grandbaby this weekend and I can't wait! Fun to see you revisiting something from Karen's class from ago.

gracie said...

A lovely visit with you...

karen said...

really delightful pages.....they made me smile x

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, you make your work seem effortless. Love your designs and the lovely watercolor pages you created.
So glad you had a nice trip and safe travels. Your garden sounds like it is gifting you with a beautiful fall harvest.
Have a nice weekend. Hugs, cm

Marj Talbot said...

Those are all nice fall colors. You've put them together beautifully and of course always love your stitching.
Glad you and hubby had safe travels with loved ones.
Lovely post - thanks for sharing.

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, it seems so long since we visited, and I was happy finding your post , when running through the posts I knew I had not seen because I in two weeks , have been away to help our daughter, first to pack, and paint her new apartment, and then two weeks later to help her with the actual move ! In between there have been so much, so blogland have not been visited as normal !!
Your book of ideas and how you played with them, is a wonderful memory piece to hold, in your study, for later doings ! Every page so beautifully made. It looks just beautiful Jillayne !!
Hugs from Dorthe