Tuesday, July 12, 2011

June in the Northwest


June is suppose to be a time for playing outside and running in the sun.  That hasn't been the case this year.  Most mornings we wake to cold gray skies.  The temperatures top out in the sixties.  Everyone is wondering if we will ever see the sun again.  My kids have given up waiting for the heat and now play outside with the hose at the first sun break, never mind what the thermometer says.

Pinwheels always make me think of carefree summer days.  Gray pinwheels are the perfect portrait of spring and early summer this year.  I did add a touch of silver for those few time the sun has poked out and the silver lining of at least nobody is complaining about being hot this year.

7 comments:

Diane said...

Gray pinwheels -- what a perfect way to talk about gray and cloudy summer days! Even though it's all one palette you've balanced the values well. I like the quiet energy of this -- like something playful which is restrained. Just what you meant!

Gerrie said...

Ha! It has been like this here, too. I like the playfulness of the pinwheels. Like making lemonade out of lemons!

Terry said...

This really makes me think of rainy days and the view out the window--not dismal winter that is all gray, but glints of light through the showers.

Karen said...

I agree with Diane, your values are perfect, and your grays don't appear warm or cool to me, just beautiful grays.

Kristin L said...

I bet this one looks best in person where you can really see the silver glints. the mix of summery pinwheels and a cloudy palette is unexpected and definitely begs the viewer to slow down and ask "why?"

Renate said...

What a stunny array of gray! and I like your zigzag stitching around the pinwheels. Kinda reminds me of the nip of a sudden chill during a late spring early summer rain.

Deborah Boschert said...

I see you swapped your copper foil edging for silver! Perfect.

I am continually amazed by the scale of your work. I think it's easily overlooked when simply viewing a picture. Each of those half square triangles have to be 1.5 inches. INSANELY SMALL! I'm very impressed.

I love the color choices. It would be interesting to see a pop of color in this same composition, but you really were true to the simple palette.