Wheeling color….

Birthday napkinHappy Birthday weekend to the Bride!  Last week, rainbows were on our minds.  This week color wheels, rainbows in themselves, are striped across this birthday napkin, antidote to the gloomy three days of weather here in the Berkshires.

Worn and wonderful paintboxA battered box of watercolors create the same harmony.

Rainbow sprayWhen washed over the paper, transparent shades create a splashing color wheel.

Flower wheel in red, yellow, blueThis is the time of year to create color wheels in flowers.  Mixed bouquets at the farmers markets contain a rainbow of colors.  Above are the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, looking very purple because of the lighting.

Susan DetjensA color wheel of primary and secondary colors – yellow, orange, red, blue, purple and green.  Towards the center are lighter tones of these colors.

Nestled colorsAnalogous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, tithonias, zinnias, dahlias, asters, cosmos – bottom right a deep claret red!.

Susan DetjensA Simon Pearce celadon bowl, a generous gift from my dear sister-in-law, shelters a floating rainbow design with a whole cutting garden of blossoms.  Celosia, tithonia, aster, zinnia, dahlia, amaranth, cosmos, carnation nestle together in the water bath.  This is the front hall greeting for the birthday weekend.  It has kept wonderfully except for rather reddish water in the middle.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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One Response to Wheeling color….

  1. Alexandra says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sunshine in stormy weekend

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