Power Builders 03.06.15

This is Week #5 of my Power Builders creative links. If you’d like to see last week’s, you can find it here.

I call this series “Power Builders” because that’s what these little items do for me. They make me more powerful in my art and in my life. I hope they do the same for you. Some of the links will be about how other creative people use their time, structure their work, find inspiration. Some may be videos, music, or podcasts to inspire you. Some of it will be directly quilt-related but much of it will not. What you see in Power Builders will depend on what I find. Feel free to link great things in comments, too.

1) I’ve seen this announced in multiple places. John James Audubon’s Birds of America displays the beauty and artistry of these Audubon prints. They are also available to download for free in high resolution. Here is my lovely catbird:

2) Here’s an interesting post from Hyperallergic. It discusses research into the colors that are shared most in Pinterest photos. Admittedly Pinterest may have a unique demographic. However it’s worth considering what impact colors will have on your audience.

3) And in a related note, take a look at this link to see how many different colors you can identify. It may be an indicator of your sensitivity to color, including how many receptors you have.

4) Austin Kleon again, this time with a post on how to draw, even if you don’t know how to draw! Looks like fun to do with kids, and even grown-ups should try it! (Scroll back to the top of the page, if it doesn’t load that way for you.)

What has inspired you this week? Let us know in comments.


6 thoughts on “Power Builders 03.06.15

  1. zippyquilts

    I recently subscribed to Austin K’s posts based on your recommendation, and I loved his post on how to draw. I’m using it as a drawing exercise for myself.

  2. snarkyquilter

    Color appeal is probably especially important if you want quilt show judges to like your quilt. And I know that those dreary black and brown art quilts never do it for me.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Kerry. I saw white and gold. But of course, when the lights are high we see differently than when the lights are low. I think perhaps we would focus on values more if we could see color less. 😉


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