Friday, June 20, 2008

Zoo Inspiration...


Yesterday, we went to the Baltimore Zoo to meet Samson, the new baby elephant who is 3 months old. At birth, he weighed around 260 lbs. and now he's close to 475 lbs!


Here's the proud Mama


If you live in the area, the baby is only available for viewing between 10 am - 12 Noon so plan accordingly. There were also three baby chimps which were my favorite to watch. They rough-housed, tumbled and got into all types of mischief -- non-stop action over there. I could have stayed all day watching them!

But the biggest surprise of all was that Mr. Peacock decided to strut his stuff. What a marvelous bird! I didn't get a picture of the back of the bird but I believe the back is as fabulous as the front.




The kids had a great time and we were there ALL DAY (The big guy in the back is Jack; he's the only one that belongs to me)!


I think the colors in this picture of the peacock are so glorious! I had to play with them a little.

I decided to use some of the color tools that Sharon B has identified on her blog at different times. I use them all pretty frequently for different reasons.


Here's a page from The Color Palette Generator. I LOVE this tool. It think the color palette looks like quilt squares. Often, I will take the palette and head off to my fabric stash and select the colors to use in a block. The embellishments will be in the highlight colors of the peacock...so all the blues and the chartreuse greens and white, of course...can't you see how they would POP on top of all of those greens! I love the pale bluish tones too...they give the block balance because they're a different value.

I took a sample of the peacock blue and plugged it into The Color Wizard and here's a list of the monochromatic thread colors/beads/buttons I could use.


Now, it just turns out that the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2008 has all of the following colors...


Except for the orange/yellow/red, looks like there will be a lot of people wearing "peacock" this Fall. And check this out...

from the Bill Blass Fall 2008 Collection!

And to think I came at all of this from a trip to the zoo...

8 comments:

Miss Nancy said...

Love your blog! I have learned so much by reading it today! Thank you for sharing as you do!

Vicky aka stichr said...

I am always astounded by the colors found in nature! Look at the blue in that peacock, that is not something made up in a paint plant...amazing!

Anonymous said...

Hi I love the blue of the peacock for the first time this year I saw a white peacock it was amazing I did spend a long time waiting for the peacock to put its feathers and he did it was amazing. Love your blogg Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi I love the blue of the peacock for the first time this year I saw a white peacock it was amazing I did spend a long time waiting for the peacock to put its feathers and he did it was amazing. Love your blogg Sue

Allison Ann Aller said...

Those peacock photos are smashing!
What a fun day at the zoo....

Love the cakes, too. My problem is I like to eat them! We had such a fabulous chocolate one for Father's Day/Robert's birthday/Chad's graduation. Such a confluence of events called for cake...

Elisabeth Braun said...

Lovely photos and aren't the elephants sweet??=)

Elmsley Rose said...

I think the colour palette generator may be very very useful to me in determining colours for my Historical Sampler Project!

ooooo! Can't wait to go and play.

Just need to get "saddened" (soft, sallow") colours out of the mix. They didn't do pastels or jewel colours.

Thankyou!!

Pigtown-Design said...

I did a post on Ashes of Roses a few months ago. I found the colour in an old book and when I googled it, the Pantone colours came up!

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