Jenn @A Quarter Inch from the Edge posted about a four color Kona challenge earlier this month. Not one to dally, I went to my stash to see what I could pull together. I have two large plastic bins full of Kona Solids, and I immediately gravitated toward my favorite color. As I am also a huge fan of color gradation and ombre effects, it did not take long for me to make my selection of 4 Kona solids from my stash.
Not done playing with color, I also decided to play around with the Palette Builder by Play Crafts and my photo archive to create several other options. I narrowed down my selection from many to the four I will share with you today.
The first is a muted palette that represents the winter season to me. In order to get to see snow, my husband and I have to travel up into the mountains (our town used to get 6-8 light snows each year, but we have only had 1 snow in the past 2 winters). We went snowshoeing together at the beginning of February, and I love the memory of the quiet calm of walking between the snow covered trees and the muted color palette it creates. My husband called that walk a study in negative space, and I definitely agree with him.
Changing things up a bit, I found a brilliant photograph of a barrel cactus from a visit to Joshua Tree National Park back in December. The bright pink spines make picking out the cactus a fun eye spy game on hikes through canyons. I have to admit that this is a color palette I tend to stay away from, but I really like the bright pop of color against the desert backdrop.
This photograph of a Great Egret along the shoreline in Monterey, California, is one of my favorite photos I have ever captured. It doesn’t hurt that the colors in the photo are also my favorite blend of blues and whites, either.
Are you noticing my color gradient bend? Yeah, it is really hard for me to stay away from! So for the grand finale, I will break the gradation mold! I really like the warm sunset colors found reflected in this photograph of a seagull (also along the coast in Monterey, California). The bright red dot of color on the seagull’s beak, it’s bright beak and legs, and the glow of the setting sun along its breast feathers make for a happy medley of warm tones.
Jenn did warn that playing with the Palette Builder was addictive, and I really did have to limit myself to only present 4 palettes from my photographs.
Kona solids are so versatile and they are wonderful to work with. How about you? Do you love Kona and what would your pull of 4 colors from your stash look like?
Linking up to A Quarter Inch from the Edge for her I Love Kona challenge.