We look at the sustainable magic that happens when traditional architecture meets modern-day living How do we make our homes energy efficient, keep heat inside in winter and outside in summer, and hold moisture and humidity at bay? 18 more wordsHow Traditional Design Can Protect Modern Homes From the Elements — Wyndesong’s Place
Use these techniques to help prevent the spread of weeds and to learn about your soil In spring, gardens burst into life. Weeds do too, and they can be the bane of a gardener’s existence. 21 more wordsNatural Ways to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Garden — Wyndesong’s Place
The Celtic symbol of the dragon is magical, one of transformation and eternal wisdom. The druids respected dragons as forces of nature, the guardians of mother earth and all things sacred, the protectors of nature and all living things. The dragon holds the powerful Celtic symbol of protection and power. These magical beings represented all that the universe has to offer.
Dragon soul energy was worshiped and used for the greater good. At special celebrations of the turning seasons of the year, to harvest the right crops, as a true guardian for all they held sacred.
The earth soul dragon has a symbolism of nature and all things connected to our Mother Earth. The earth soul dragon asks us to connect with nature in all of its beauty. The true wealth is not money but the beauty of our land and its magick, it’s sources and resources.
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What is Japandi? Japandi (Japanese minimalism + Scandinavian hygge) is everywhere you look these days. Get the look yourself with perfectly imperfect décor and accents, functional pieces, and layers of natural materials. […] Japandi: A Blend of Minimalism & Hygge — Wyndesong’s PlaceJapandi: A Blend of Minimalism & Hygge — Wyndesong’s Place — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul
Hicks, who has made fiber the foundation of her practice for 60 years, is one of the world’s most celebrated artists.
Installation view, Sheila Hicks at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
May the festival of color paint your life to being true to yourself, being true to your heart and soul and celebrating the love, joy, renew and rebirth of nature. Happy Holi- Nisha Designs
Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s oldest trees for the past 14 years. She has traveled all around the globe to capture the most magnificent trees that grow in remote locations and look as old as the world itself.
“Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment” writes Moon in her artist statement.
Sixty of Beth Moon’s duotone photos were published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. Here you can have a sneak preview of the book, full of strangest and most magnificent trees ever.
Get ready for sunnier days, whether you have an hour or a weekend to spare The first official day of spring is March 20. So whether there’s still snow on the ground or flowers in bloom, you can rest assured that nicer weather is on its way. […] To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist — Wyndesong’s […]To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist — Wyndesong’s Place — ravenhawks’ magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul
With the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival comes plenty of topiaries inspired by Disney characters.
Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase
The stars on Mickey’s hat light up.
Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE
Figment – near Imagination!
The Three Caballeros (José, Donald, and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
Troll – Norway Pavilion
Dragon – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
Pandas – China Pavilion
Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
Dopey’s lantern actually lights up.
Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion
Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
Bambi and Friends – near Imagination!
Painters today have more pigments to choose from than any other artists in history. They can buy traditional, historical varieties that Rembrandt would recognize, such as siennas and ochres, or 20th-century innovations like phthalocyanines and quinacridones—pigments with an intensity that would have startled even the color-loving Impressionists. Despite this abundance, many artists and art educators endorse the use of a restricted “limited” palette as a way to develop coherent, harmonious, and personal paintings.
Limited palettes are great learning tools. Students are often taught to paint in monochrome, using only a dark brown or black pigment, plus white. This allows them to focus on accurate shapes, degrees of light and dark—called “values” or “tones”—and paint application, without the additional complexity of color. By mastering these austere palettes, students build a strong foundation for the later introduction of color.
A more contemporary monochromatic approach involves using black and white, plus another color. In this example, phthalocyanine blue is introduced to produce a work of tonal accuracy that transcends the academic flavor of a strict black-and-white exercise.
Palettes with one warm and one cool pigment
To add more versatility to their palettes, painters may choose to select one warm and one cool pigment, plus white. In this example, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue are mixed to create a full tonal range, as well as temperature variations from cool to warm. Color temperature is a useful tool for creating the illusion of depth on the two-dimensional canvas.
Warm colors appear to come forward in a painting, while cool colors are recessive. This effect is visible at the inner and outer parts of the bowl. Both areas are greyed because they contain all three colors of the palette, and they are exactly the same value. Yet mixing a larger amount of burnt sienna into the front of the bowl results in a warm color, while mixing more ultramarine into the inner bowl makes it cool.
Notice how the warmer mixture appears closer to the front of the picture plane, while the cooler color recedes into the middle ground. This effect, added to the use of value changes, can create works that convey both form and space.
The Zorn palette
Limited palettes aren’t just for beginner painters. Many professional artists limit the number of pigments that they work with. Perhaps the artist who is most well-known for doing this is Anders Zorn, a Swedish painter active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who developed a color palette that bears his name. This self-portrait from 1896 was created with the four-color “Zorn palette,” which you can also see him holding in the painting.
Anders Zorn, Self-portrait with Model, 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.
Though scholars have debated the exact colors the artist used, the Zorn palette is often considered to be comprised of yellow ochre, vermilion, ivory black, and white. Some believe he used a cadmium red rather than vermilion; regardless, cadmium red light is a modern substitute for vermillion, which is toxic.
These four pigments are capable of making a full range of color, despite the fact that the palette contains no blue. Ivory black’s bluish undertone allows it to act as blue; it can be mixed with vermillion to create muted purples, and with yellow ochre to suggest green. The Zorn palette is also effective for creating rich dark colors and beautiful greys.
The Zorn palette results in subtle, tonal paintings, but it may not satisfy artists with a passion for color. Even Zorn himself didn’t use it exclusively.
Other limited palettes
Painters who want the potential for both bright color and greyed color can choose from many other limited palettes, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
For a broad range of color, a simple palette made of saturated red, blue, and yellow pigments, plus white, is key. Whenever pigments are combined, they lose some chroma, so starting with high-chroma colors ensures that your mixtures will be intense.
This color palette combines cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, and cadmium yellow light, plus white. As with the Zorn palette, it can make a version of every hue, but the saturation level is much higher.
Cadmium yellow light mixed with cadmium red light produces clean, high-chroma oranges; mixed with ultramarine, it results in saturated, slightly warm greens. The weakness of this palette is in the purples. It’s excellent for depicting something like these weathered pavers, but incapable of painting the high-chroma purple flowers.
Substituting cool alizarin permanent for the warm cadmium red light results in high-chroma purples that could do justice to the blooms.
However, alizarin would alter the orange scale. Mixing this cool red with cadmium yellow light creates cool terra-cottas and siennas, rather than true orange.
Every three-color primary palette will have some weaknesses in color rendering, and artists who want to be able to achieve pure purples, oranges, and greens will have to add colors to it. One way to address this weakness is by adding a single missing pigment, such as green or orange, or by choosing to use a six-color split primary palette instead.
The six-color palette contains warm and cool versions of each of the primaries—red, blue, and yellow. A sample palette may contain cadmium yellow and cadmium yellow light; ultramarine blue and phthalocyanine blue; and cadmium red light and alizarin permanent.
Charting the greens alone shows the broad range of hues—from warm olive to cool lime—that can be achieved with two yellows and two blues. No single green you purchase can achieve such variety.
A painter’s palette is, ultimately, an expression of how they see the world and the colors that they love. By exploring a variety of limited palettes from earthy to intense, painters can discover the combination of colors that best helps them convey their world view.