Skagit Valley Tulips 2016

Skagit Valley Tulips 2016

I’ve completely ignored my blog over the last month. I’ve been guest blogging on other sites and spending lots of time on Instagram curating a MOST colorful feed. Today I needed an extra special blog inspiration environment and as I type this I’m sitting at the Safeco Field ballpark (thank you WiFi) watching my childhood team take on the local team.  Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners on a temperate Spring afternoon does a body and mind good (the hotdog I just devoured didn’t hurt either).

Speaking of Spring…

One of my MOST favorite things to do in the Pacific Northwest is visit the Skagit Valley tulips during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The drive is beautiful, the farm country is inspiring, and the tulip fields are colorfully energizing and make for great camera play! Come along with me as I wander{lust} and color{lust} through the rows of color.

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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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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.

 

Coloring Spring

Good morning!

I’ve missed you all!!! I’ve been too busy to write and too busy to take pictures lately.

But, I have a few treats today…

Spring is arriving.

Tulips are appearing.

My favorite flower. I love their shapes, colors and curves.

I’ve decided to treat myself each weekend, in a different color. This week’s beauties came from Pike Place Market. I walked all the flower stalls and waited for inspiration to come.

Would it be from color?

Would a special shape inspire me?

Would I jump in because of an interesting display?

Shape! And, COLOR!!

This one tulip…

This one petal got me…


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The delicate curves, the unique petal edge “design” and the perfect mix of color was exactly what I wanted.

All “dressed” at home and posing with the natural window sill backlighting, glamour beyond my hope!


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Spring!!!

Color On,

Melissa

Swimming In Pink

The fog had finally lifted in Seattle and we actually have SUN this morning!!! That “glowy thing” IS real!!!

A perfect morning to walk with you in full out color.


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The “lost and discovered” colors today are the dreamy tulip fields from Spring.

Looks like an ocean of color to me and I’m ready to dive in!

Swimming in pink!!

Ready?

Set?

JUMP!!!!

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