Variable weather conditions and ground cover abound during November in the Great Plains of North America. The visual temperatures can range from a warmish light tan, to a frigid bluish white. When I glanced out the window that faces the street, I pondered the contrast of the neighbor’s bright red Chevy Impala against the crisp white snow on the ground. Although the car’s physical temperature is as cold as the snow, its color appears hot and inviting. This visual phenomenon inspired me to tweak color and tone with this week’s projects.
I began with an ice-cold, silver-glazed USA Pottery pitcher vase. The floral elements are warm yellows and reds with hot orange highlights. The project is displayed on a cool blue-violet fabric remnant. The red-orange details that are embedded in the ice-clear glass paperweight add further contrast between hot and cold.
While the first project contrasted cold with hot, the second project displays less intensity. The light shades of tan and brown woods of the “Target” department store vase provide a warmish base for mid-tones of the evergreen stems. The gladiolus’ muted red and gold continue the medium warm, comforting temperature of the wooden vase.
I turned the color temperature up to high with an amberina toned Viking Art Glass swung vase. Fiery color flowers seem to radiate heat into the room. Another icy-clear paperweight features abstract, red-hot, internal accents.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Oscar Wilde. “Mere colour can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”