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February 11 - Color in the Landscape and Cityscape - Inspiring Surprise, Wonder and Delight

Yesterday, we explored creating color wheels as a contemplative practice.

The photo above is the largest color wheel I ever made. It is created from 36 yards of translucent fabric, the kind sold for creating drapes of color for weddings and parties.

A friend who is a quilter helped me sew, cut and assemble the panels and my husband, Chad, and our sons, Ryan and Kevin, helped me with trips to the hardware store for the PVC pipes, marking stakes, and paracord that make up the structure. Assembling it is a bit like putting up a tent; it relies on tension and ground stakes and can be fragile in the wind.

Walking through the color wheel allows you to see the surrounding landscape (or seascape) through a filter of color. Even the first time we tried it in our front yard, the impact of this added layer of color was surprising and delightful. Color can be used as a filter or frame to highlight items and invite new ways of seeing.

Here are a few views inside my color wheel. As I worked on it, I became more intrigued with the potential for using textiles and other everyday objects and materials as colorful frames and filters. Our practice today is an invitation to try this.

Practice - Use Color to Frame a Photo of an Familiar Landscape or Cityscape

You might cut an opening in a sheet of colorful paper to use as a frame or employ a translucent scarf, paper or plastic item as a filter.

Find some element of color to use in a composition of a familiar scene. How can the color highlight a part of the scene or invite a closer look?

Below I tried a plastic box, a translucent flowered scarf and a plastic cup filled with water as filters to photograph my favorite tree.

Inspiration from Art - Olafur Eliasson “Your Rainbow Panorama” in Aros, Denmark

My color wheel was inspired by a museum in Aros, Denmark; it features a color wheel viewing platform on the top floor designed by Olafur Eliasson. The piece is titled “Your Rainbow Panorama.”

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Thanks, Kathryn

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