A Perfect Spring Event

I don’t know about you, but I’m done…

D O N E

with Winter.

Goodbye, adios, move on…

D O N E.

Lucky for me, Spring is just around the corner. I’ve seen proof! Hints of color are beginning to rise out of the colorless ground I’ve been looking at all Winter. And, the best part is it is almost time for my new favorite Spring tradition, the Skagit Valley Tulips!

This will be my third year to experience the tulip farms and the beautiful blooming color as far as the eye can see. It is a vision to behold.

And, a creative canvas for me and my camera!

So if you need a little “advance color” as we move through March I’ve got just the thing. I’m honored to again be a contributor to the A Perfect Event emag and for the Spring issue my focus was all about color, tulips, and creative expression.

Sit back.

Take a deep Winter-be-gone breath.

Click on the cover page of my story below and be transported into a field of tulip color…

When you finish taking in the blooms, check out the ENTIRE issue of the magazine for beauty and inspiration at each turn of the page (and a “bonus” photo from me hidden somewhere in the issue).

If you live in the Pacific Northwest or plan to visit in April, stop by the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for your own color treat and to take some blooms straight off the farms.

 

Winter Blue & Purple

Good morning!

It’s 27 degrees in Seattle this morning. That’s just cold.

My fingers feel blue. My feet may have moved into purple stage. Cold I tell you!

My soul is feeling some blue and purple too. But, not from the cold. It’s feeling some residual blue sky and purple cloud sunset beauty from Monday night. I thought I’d take my bus commute to thaw out and share some warm color inspiration.

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It was chilly at the Seattle waterfront, but not 27 degrees chilly. Even in the cold, art makes me warm.

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Here’s to feeling my blue and purple…
In your soul only!

You can see more of my images and leave comments on my melissaAnne Colors Facebook page. There’s Fall color, sky color and more. Consider it your color therapy gift. Go now!

Color On,
Melissa

I Wish I Could…

Several years ago I was lamenting on Twitter about how I wished I could paint. Something, by the way, I’ve never really put much effort into trying or learning. For all I know, I’m a modern day Picasso in hiding.

Reading my lamenting, a lovely artist on Twitter responded, “You paint with your camera, which means you never have to clean your brushes.”

YES! True!

I love a good abstract color and shape opportunity caught with my camera. It’s why I started shooting boat bottoms, walls of graffiti, and eventually water.

Water at that special time of day when reflections rule and colors pop.

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Shall we call it the magical mirror moment? When things that at all other times of the day look pedestrian and less than interesting become magical and artful.

Hmmm…kinda like that moment when someone showed me how my photography was received. Turned my “inefficiencies”and boring talent that I wanted to be more and different into something much more magical and artful: Painting with my camera.

What are you lamenting you “wish you could do”? Maybe you already are doing it, in a different and magical way.

Or maybe you should just TRY to do it with a class or help from someone who can.

Maybe I should take my own advice.

Or maybe I should just embrace not washing brushes.

We’ll see…

Funky Color

I was in a funk yesterday afternoon.

We’re talking capital F U N K.

It was a beautiful, sunny day in Downtown Seattle and I was at a loss on what to do with it.

Full of F U N K, I set out with my camera.

Aimlessly.

No destination in mind.

Just moving.

Somewhere.

The result?

A 5 mile walk.

Color, light, shape, and texture inspiration with my 100mm macro lens, the sun and a sculpture in a park.

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I looked at the sculpture from all directions. Taking in the different shapes created each time I moved.
Struck by how open spaces connected and created closure with a change of perspective.

Fascinated by how the light made some areas shine and how the shadows brought dark contrast to others.

They say shadows help us appreciate the light.

I didn’t lose my F U N K…

But, at least it was a more colorful and creative F U N K.

Some days are just funky…

But still colorful.

Color On,

Melissa

Funky Color

I was in a funk yesterday afternoon.

We’re talking capital F U N K.

It was a beautiful, sunny day in Downtown Seattle and I was at a loss on what to do with it.

Full of F U N K, I set out with my camera.

Aimlessly.

No destination in mind.

Just moving.

Somewhere.

The result?

A 5 mile walk.

Color, light, shape, and texture inspiration with my 100mm macro lens, the sun and a sculpture in a park.

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I looked at the sculpture from all directions. Taking in the different shapes created each time I moved.
Struck by how open spaces connected and created closure with a change of perspective.

Fascinated by how the light made some areas shine and how the shadows brought dark contrast to others.

They say shadows help us appreciate the light.

I didn’t lose my F U N K…

But, at least it was a more colorful and creative F U N K.

Some days are just funky…

But still colorful.

Color On,

Melissa