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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Pink Pedaler

Now that I’m back in the US, there are so many things I miss about Amsterdam, including pink pedaler! Where did the BIKES go?  I miss a town where there are more bikes on the roads than cars!

Pink Pedaler

Amsterdammers bike in high color chic!

Still in love…

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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.

Think Color

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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Love Letter To Amsterdam

Love Letter To Amsterdam – Farewell

Love Letter To Amsterdam – Farewell…for now…


January 9, 2016

My Dearest Amsterdam,

I woke under the cover of darkness this morning with a knot in my belly and a sadness in my soul. The time has come. I must leave you.

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As I say my final farewell, I can hardly see your through the tears but I am grateful for the time we had together. I will always remember these moments, so special. Not only did I fall more deeply in love with you, but others developed a crush on you as well. You, my dearest Amsterdam, allowed me to feel my love and pass it on.

Thank you to all I met, to all I experienced, to all I felt, to all I learned to, to all I COLORED and to all who joined me and LOVED with me.

Love Always,

Melissa

PS – I’ll be back. I just KNOW it! Vaarwel & tot gauw


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