This blog is in honor of my mother.
She taught me to see and to love color. Thanks, Mom!
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I know, I know. Georgia O'Keefe is a great artist. What I do isn't art at all, at least to some people.
But I love O'Keefe and I finally came up with something that I can call a tribute. If you don't get the reference, that's cool. It's not a flower or anything.
It's a soft flower-like (or egg-like) image in shimmering organic-looking substance---let us say a shellfish from some alternate universe---in colors of white, gold, and orange. It is surrounded by a gemlike border in blue and red. The whole is held in a glossy shell in peach and ivory. Maybe it's a shellfish; maybe it's what's for dessert.
A victorian brooch made from multi-colored (blue, lavender, gold, black, and silver) in the form of a flower with 8 gem-like petals. The "flower" is on a black background surrounded by "lace" in blue and silver. It's set under glass, surrounded by a ring in old gold metal. The background is black, grey, and pale blue.
I've been working to try to create glass effects that would evoke Tiffany's work, and I think I'm nearly there. Here's a beautiful stained glass panel surrounding a solid gold rose with a metallic sheen. The central image is surrounded by rays in an intense cobalt blue and luminous petals in pink and pale violet. The outer "leaves" are bottle green or olive. The whole of the image is surrounded by glass in a dark gold tint. The colors are formal and somewhat somber 1920's shades, but have a beautiful radiance. It made me think of my grandmother, so I named it after her.
Continuing to consider very feminine colors and color combinations, here is a pattern in pink and blue, with soft and satiny textures. The "enamelled" "rosebuds" in question are highly stylized and rather two dimensional in appearance, but the colors should appeal to anyone who loves easter egg tints. The pink, though delicate, is not an insipid pink, and the color is delicately graduated. The blue satin "stems" are a lovely robin's egg blue or a shade darker; there are "leaves" in a smooth white enamel. The background (blue with pink accents) has a soft, almost spongy texture.
Somewhere, back in the Sixties and Seventies, some woman somewhere would have pinned this fabric rose to a dress in tones exactly as brilliant as this and called it good. For an all-too-brief time, most people weren't afraid of color, and some of the boldest wouldn't have been afraid of this. Intensely colorful: vermilion petals surround inner petals in blue and violet; the outer petals are also blue; the surrounding leaves are chartreuse. The background is scarlet, but the corners are a VERY hot purple, with scattered leaves in a much deeper, more ordinary green.
But not the kind you're probably imagining. This one is hot pink, crimson, and royal blue, with a delicate rim in gold. It has a metallic-looking sheen as if enamelled and is surrounded by a web of metallic strips in the same colors. The central image is indeed a 9-rayed star or sun in crimson with an even tinier sunburst in the center.
An orange blossom somewhat resembling a jello mould containing peaches, but still richly colored (apricot and deep orange), surrounded by shimmering petals in scarlet and orange. The leaves are pale green. The background is deep indigo shading into purple, with a pattern of lines etched into the background in a lighter color.