“Shape Up” with melissaAnne COLORS Photography

I had an interesting morning.  (Which is why your MORNING cup of color has become your AFTERNOON cup of color.)

I usually wake up and write morning pages.  Well, today I woke up to bright sunshine (thank you to Alex the Wonder Cat for letting me wake after the sun!) and SNOW! Beautiful snow outside the window adorning the fire escape and perching treacherously along the cable TV lines that hang about the Brooklyn brownstone backyards like jewelry. I jumped up, fed Alex, grabbed my camera and switched to my 70-200mm zoom lens and away to the window I went. There was a beautiful reflection and the tree limbs and snow glowed bright gold.

After snapping a few shots I went about my ritual of morning pages, but had decided yesterday to mix it up a little today.  I’d not only write, but I’d draw!  I’d combine my morning pages with the tools for right brain serenity I’m learning from the Meet Your Artist Within program I’m doing over at Creatively Fit.  So I started my first drawing activity…I’ll spare you the results….Let’s just say I’m NOT really skilled in drawing.  But it’s OK, because that’s not the point.  The point is it’s fun and it’s connecting me to my creative source and I got a message from it.  Check out the course and you’ll see for yourself!  After drawing, I easily streamed out a few pages of written word, but something told me I wasn’t done.  So I scribbled.  You know…doodled!  This is where my doodles took me.

To circle land!  AAAAHHH!

When I finished I wanted MORE camera.  So I went back to the window and kept shooting.  Miraculously my morning shoot was all about shapes and I found lots of circles in the view from my window that I have NEVER noticed before!

My right-brain opened up and showed me the way today!  It was a GREAT way to start my day.

Here are some of my “Shape Up” shots.

Circles, circles…

and more circles!

And then, there were lines.

And some fun tree COLOR!

And THAT was my circular, linear, colorful morning…finally out to YOU in the afternoon.  Hey, creativity has its own schedule some days.  I’m learning to go with it.

Thanks for letting me share my own COLOR with you today through melissaAnne COLORS Photography.  Have a great weekend!  Find some color this weekend and I’ll see you Monday morning for more fun!

Color Workspaces – Accessorize!!!

Tuesday we toured some colorful workplaces from around the web.  Now let’s look at how we can bring some fun into our own offices and workday.

Of course there is furniture.  Remember that GREAT office with the colorful art and lunchbox bookcase?  Well, I’m still in love with it but I still want to change something.

I’d like a different chair.  Perhaps one of these.

I LOVE these chairs from Community Furniture.  I’m not sure which one I’d get…surprisingly the turquoise is not my quick selection.  Orange is tempting.  But then there is the purple.   I feel like the color energy would seep into me as I sat and I’d be the most creative chic on the block.  I might even get a reputation… What color are you creating from?

Have a bookcase in your office?  Dress it up!  I’ve always loved this next idea. Put wallpaper remnants, contact paper, favorite photos or anything colorful behind the shelves like the dining room feature shown below.  A fun DIY to tackle this weekend.

You can also paint the back panel with a bright color (or 2 or 3) to add some fun color pop like the living room piece shown on Decor Arts Now.

If you’re feeling really creative, do a little of both!  Mix it up.  Decorate some shelves with a patterned paper and keep some a solid color!

After furnishings, we need accessories.  Check out See Jane Work.  There is no shortage of fun colorful office supplies on this website.  I could buy one of each!  But, I did have a few favs.

Kate Spade Pencils?!?!

Lilly Pulitzer Highlighters for feeling fresh and girlie.

OH, YES!  Jonathan Adler pens?  I’ll take a case of these!!  We’ve got favorite designers “at our fingertips”!

When we’re done writing, and drawing, and coloring, and highlighting, and doodling…..we”ll need to organize some things.

A few not so boring folders!

REALLY not boring and down right FUN flag strips ! *


When Spring FINALLY arrives, we might want to tear ourselves away from our beautiful offices and take some work to the park.  PERFECT!  We can take our work and our color with us with these binders.

All this blog activity, Facebooking, Tweeting, and work…right there is work to be done…is wearing out our mouse pad.  I’ll take the Bella Leather Mousepad in Pink, PRETTY PLEASE.

And since our office is now so pretty and organized we’ll need to tackle those unsightly cords.  No problem!

These retractable cord keepers I found at Style At Home keep us colorful and neat!

I’m almost done with my office…but there is something missing.  What was it??

Lighting – Right!  Kelley Moore envy means I need one of these!

As seen in House of Turquoise

The chandelier that is.  My new goal:  Office with a chandelier.

We’re done!  We decorated our office.  We’re surrounded by color and ready to create a magnificent day.  Let’s get to work!

Right after I’m done drawing with my Lilly Pulitzer highlighters and doodling with my Jonathan Adler pens…

Introducing Wednesday Words – The Art of Words

After only a week and a half, I have a totally new appreciation for daily bloggers. It’s not easy to keep content going. I am going to try a few “daily themes” to help me out a little.

I’m starting with WORDS.

I like words.  They allow us to communicate and relate to people.  They can change a mood, inspire a dream, and make a difference.  We can get creative with them by writing, printing, or painting them in colorful and fun ways.

I decided to create a day of the week for exploring all the many creative ways we can use words to enhance design, create art, inspire, or express color.

What better day than Wednesday…because it starts with W (of course..) and because it’s a good day to share some extra word inspiration to get us over the mid-week hump.

WELCOME TO WEDNESDAY WORDS


I came across Book of Art by Veronica Salazar a few days ago.  I love what she’s made and want to share her creativity and talent with you!  Veronica doesn’t write, print, or paint her words.  She folds them.

I’d love to put the three shown above on a long black shelf I have above my couch.  I think they make great art and conversation pieces for any room.

If you were going to fold a word into a book what would you want to say?  Me – SMILE!

You can see more on Book of Art’s Flickr Stream and contact her through the Book of Art Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by to

my blog and for joining me on for the first WEDNESDAY WORDS.

Create.  Love.  Dream.

And come back tomorrow to Read more!


Colorful Workspaces

It’s no secret I love color.  It’s what this whole blog is about basically.  But, I have a confession to make.  My workspace is drastically lacking in color!  I keep thinking I’ll do something about it.  Paint a dramatic color on the wall, buy some fun bookshelves and paint each shelf a different color or line the back of the shelves with different colors and patterns of wallpaper, and get some fun desk accessories.  But, I’m still “waiting” on something to motivate me and dreaming of what it “could be”.

The other day I saw some inspiring pictures of creative and color offices and it re-awakened my vision of “working with color”.  How fun would it be to work for these companies and spend your day in these offices?

Hyves, Holland

I think this is the lobby.  Coming to work every day and seeing a burst of blue and orange could never be a bad thing!

Spiral!  Oh, spirals!

WHAT?  Is this a lunch room?  An art room?  Whatever it is, LET ME IN!!  These circular lamps make me want to jump right in!

The stairwell…well, I’ve got 1/2 color love and 1/2 photographer envy going on.  I LOVE taking fun pictures of stairs!

TechZav

Unplggd

Here’s a fun example of a colorful office you could have in your home.  I love the art on the walls.  You could make your own with markers or pastels. I know because when I’m not taking pictures, I’ve been experimenting with pastels and have made some of these square on square shapes.  The bookshelf with the lunch boxes is GENIUS!  A practical storage solution and color CUTE!!  If this were my office they would be filled with camera gear, crayons, markers, paint brushes, and pastels.  I’d work in here any day, all day!  I’d only change one thing (come back Thursday to see what).

Lonny Magazine

This is what it looks like to work in the Lilly Pulitzer studio.  Pink, paint, textiles…I think I’ll submit my resume tomorrow!!

Rue Mag

Lifestyle expert Kelley Moore’s offices look amazing also.  A loft, color, brick walls, chandeliers?  Maybe I should send a resume here too.   Delicious!

I could go on, but I’ll stop here.  You probably need to get to work. If your office isn’t quite as creative and colorful as these, it’s OK.  You aren’t alone.  But you can grab some markers or pastels and put your OWN color to work for you.  After all, creativity is for EVERYONE!  And so, I say, is COLOR!

Wednesday I’m launching a new “theme day” and Thursday I have some great office accessories to share, colorful ones of course, that will also add some color to your work space.  Come back and check them out!

Feeling Blue?

I love the color BLUE.  I always have. When I was young my bedroom had BLUE walls. I had comforters and pillows of BLUE.  It was all BLUE…except for the pink reclining chair I sat in to do my homework and watch baseball (hour after hour).

BLUE, any shade, is a color that makes me smile.  It gives me a burst of energy.  It excites me.  Maybe not surprising given that the color BLUE is often used to awaken artistic expression and inspiration.  Well, I’m here to say it works!

Let’s get inspired with some BLUE!  Here are my favorite BLUE inspirations from the last few weeks.

casa sugar

Love the orange and turquoise and the tree on the wall.  What a great headboard substitute!

casa sugar

You can just move those chairs and that couch right into my living room, thank you!

To Resolve Project

I LOVE the To Resolve Project.  Creatives illustrating their New Years Resolutions.  And what’s even better, they are available for download onto your iPhone.  If one catches your eye or fits your resolution give it a try!

iVillage

I’d like to sit in this room and read my blogs and emails tomorrow morning (but I’d probably end up staring at the painting and the chandelier all day).  What would you do in this room?

10 Rooms

WAIT!  Really?  Check out this dipped furniture.  How FUN is this.  I want to try this NOW!  What can you “dip”?

Decor8

I had an idea in December to make a cute ruffle skirt for a chair slipcover I have that needs a little personality.  I LOVE how it was done on this chair.  It inspires me even more to dress up my chair SOON!

I met artist John Murphy this weekend at the Brooklyn Flea.  His frames are beautiful!  They are made of resin and are sturdy and VERY colorful.  Shown is a great grey/blue color but there are lights, brights, neutrals.  Check them out!

I recently purchased this print from the talented Whitney Ferre.  Something got me the moment I saw it on her blog, Creatively Fit, and I had to have it.  I’m not sure  if it was my new “blue” shade or if it was something magical about this angel that spoke to me.  Whatever it was, she’s mine now and will be framed and hanging soon to soothe me with color.

I have a free gift for you today.  I’m giving you some of my own COLOR.

melissaAnne COLORS - Reflection Colors Collection Image

Take a little BLUE inspiration with you on the go today!  Use the above melissaAnne COLORS Photography Collection image, part of the Reflection Colors Collection, as a background on your cell phone (formatted for iPhone).  Simply right click on the photo above and save on your computer.  Sync or email to your phone and select as your wallpaper.

The Reflection Colors image used above is a blue boat reflecting on the water at dawn.  It was taken at Vineyard Haven Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard.  Create and INSPIRE with BLUE today!


Have a great Monday!  I hope you feel BLUE all day!

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