Textiles, Tulips On Tables, Small Steps

“…creativity is much less of a “great leap forward” and more a series of small steps…”

If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I have had a long-time dream and goal of putting my abstract photography images on textiles. I haven’t reached it yet, but I’m still working towards that goal – step by step. Here’s an insider look at some of the steps I’ve been taking lately.

When I moved to Seattle 4 years ago I discovered the Skagit Valley tulip farms and couldn’t wait to check it out! I wasn’t disappointed by the fields of blooms, color, and linear patterns that made abstract photography a must. This is a photo I took during one of my farm visits.

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Fun colors and stripes! As a matter of fact, my dear friend Debi Lilly has nicknamed these the “stripeys” and we’ve been collaborating about opportunities to work together on textiles. In order to print images on textiles you need a repeat, which isn’t always easy with “undefined” shapes. So to work I went cutting and stitching images together to create repeat styles so these images can be printed on continuous fabric.

The end result looks something like this for the image above:

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And a mockup of this textile as a table runner on one of Debi’s A Perfect Event and DL Loft table designs, tulip arrangements sitting on “tulip field” perfection.

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What do you think? Party ready? Inspired for Spring? Let me know what you think in the comments below or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. How do YOU want to see my COLORS textiles in your home?
Special thanks to Debi Lilly for the photo above, her continued support of my passion and her friendship!
Color On,
{Keep working towards your dream…step by step}
Melissa

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Behind The Scenes of My Fine Art Abstract Photography

Behind The Scenes of My Fine Art Abstract Photography

When I show people my photos I often get comments like:

“What is that?”

“How do you do that?”

“How do you SEE that?”

The answers to the last two are usually something along the lines of…”I don’t know. I just do.” In part that is true, I just do. I notice things like shapes and patterns and textures that other people often don’t see. I don’t try it, it just is. And, I’m grateful for that gift that is beyond me. BUT, I also “practice” keeping my brain open to this gift through creativity workouts either with my camera, my pastels, writing, etc.

Today I thought I’d take you behind the scenes of my fine art abstract photography vision using a recent sunset shoot in the Pacific Northwest.

I was staying in Snoqaulmie for a few days playing foster mom to a friend’s dog. He’s quite the adventure seeker, like me, so we spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors. We arrived at Rattlesnake Lake shortly before sunset and I was hanging out on the shores of the lake taking in the beautiful blues. Nothing beats Nature’s fine art!

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Suddenly THIS caught my attention!

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So I got as close to the COLD water as I could without being IN IT and started playing with the reflections of the clouds on the water and how they changed with the movement of the tide.

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Blue Night 

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Blue Resonance

 

I love how they turned out and those BLUES just feed my soul! Hopefully you get a little blue soul energy infusion from these too!

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Thanks to the many design enthusiasts I follow on Pinterest, I created a little portfolio of how these fine art abstract photography images would look on the wall! 

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment on the blog and let me know which room you want to sink into because I can’t decide! (click on the thumbnail images for full COLOR size)


 

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Think Color – Water Painting Abstract Photography From Amsterdam

Think Color

Many of you are facing a cold and snowy forecast over the next few days. I figured you could use a little color through the storm.

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Dreaming In Pastels

A Water Painting Collection abstract from Amsterdam to brighten your day and soften the cold. Close your eyes,think color and jump in!

Color On,

Melissa

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Ushering In A New Year Amsterdam Style

After my very long day in Haarlem on the week spent ushering in a new year Amsterdam style (read about my adventures on the Day Trip To Haarlem post), Mr. Visserplein was my destination and the Portuguese Synagogue which opens for one night a year to the public with a bright and beautiful display of candles.  An hour wait in line was worth it for this spectacular scene.

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Beautiful, serene, shiny, magical. Thank you Amsterdam!

Monday was a busy and active day so I decided Tuesday was a good day to take a little break, which I did at CT Coffee and Coconuts in De Pijp. Coffee and Coconuts is a very popular cafe in an old theatre. Three stories of seating at tables, sofas, cushions and a continuous line for a seat.

After I got mine, I relaxed without technology and had some comfort food in the form of hot cocoa and the Dutch version of avocado toast. This avo addict loves her avocado toasts from Ask For Janice in London and London Plane in Seattle._MG_7686

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Now I have an avo love in Amsterdam. Perfect! World-wide addiction options.

Wednesday brought nice weather which I took FULL advantage of and did a little camera walk through neighborhoods in the East.

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I got a little friendly with this blue and yellow beauty.

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I love the diversity of the bridges over the canals!

New Years Eve day was spent quietly reflecting and doing a little shopping at one of favorite Dutch fashion spots, Laundry Industry…sans camera in honor of my SCREAMING shoulder who BEGGED me to give it a break for the day.  Peace be unto my body today!

And before you know it…it’s JANUARY 1st! And, what a January 1st it was! THE most beautiful light I could ever ask for kicked on 2016 as I welcomed the New Year Amsterdam style. I’m taking it as a message for a bright and creative year! Check out these light gifted reflections.

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In addition to light and reflections, it was fun and funky to see all the “leftovers” from the party the night before. Amsterdam knows how to ring in the new year…I’m pretty sure my EARS are still ringing from all the fireworks explosions! New Years Amsterdam style!

This is what the streets looked like the next day (and still today)…

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That pretty much sums up every part of Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve: fireworks, streamers, popping corks, toasting the new year Amsterdam style. A party tradition!

Oh, and speaking of tradition, I got to partake in a SWEET one in the afternoon.

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Oliebollen and Appelfrappen, the traditional Dutch New Year’s snack. Where I’m from we eat black-eyed peas. THIS is a better tradition! YUM!! New Year Amsterdam style!

And, to finish out the first day of 2016 on a musical, adorable, and colorful note, I happened upon this entertainer navigating canals and serenading all.

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Watch a full serenade on my YouTube channel! It’s worth the click over! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Before I hang up my….shoes…

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 for the day. My LAST indulgence of the week was Dutch apple pie at Winkel in the Noordermarkt.

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I don’t even know how to describe this pie.  Part pie…part cake…all parts YUM! Stop by Winkel for pie!

Thanks for a great week 3, Amsterdam! I love you!!

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Love Letter To Amsterdam – 2016 Is Off To A Bright Start

Love Letter To Amsterdam – 2016 Off To A Bright Start


January 1, 2016 !!!

My Dearest Amsterdam,

Well I made it through your rather boisterous New Years Eve festivities.  I’ve never HEARD such explosive celebrations! I believe you cured me of my sensitivity to fireworks.

KAPOW KABOOM CRACKLE! {Repeat for 8 hours!!!}

As I walked the streets today you were littered with “leftovers” of spirits and sparkles everywhere I went.

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You sure didn’t seem to mind though, because you my dear Amsterdam were glowing brighter than I’ve ever seen you! Your colors and your energy could only be described as magical. 2016 looks GOOD on you!

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Thank you for the message, my love:  Reflect. Look at things differently. Change perspectives.  

Got it. Noted. You’re the BEST!

Love Always,

Melissa


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