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Saturdays With Sharleen - Color Inspiration

2 summers ago, my friend and I went to Branson, MO on vacation.  On the way down, we discovered a huge store out in the middle of nowhere, that was filled entirely with jigsaw puzzles.  I hadn't worked a puzzle since childhood, and I bought a few, one for me and as gifts.
It took 2 years, but a few months ago my mom took out the puzzle I had given her and we started working it.  Now we're hooked.  A few weeks ago, I bought more puzzles on Amazon.
One of them is a 1000 piece beauty depicting flowers.  It is by White Mountain Puzzles, and is called "Perennials".  As I was going through the box looking for the border pieces, I started to marvel at the beauty of the little treasures I was sorting through.  Each piece looks like a miniature abstract painting, and the colors are stunning!
I started seeing ceramic pendants and beads created with some of the color combos on the pieces.
Here are pictures of some of the lovely pieces.  This idea for color inspiration could also be expanded.  Pictures from magazines or flower catalogs could be cut into squares and each piece examined for colorways.  I love new and different things that get me excited about playing with my glaze colors again.




 Next month I will show pictures of pieces that I have created from some of these "puzzle inspirations"!












12 comments:

  1. WOW! You're right, eachof those are their own pieces of artwork!

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  2. It's true - any one of those themes would make a gorgeous pin or pendant. Perhaps a future challenge? :)

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  3. Oh my gosh. I'd love to see the finished puzzle. What great inspiration pieces for pendants!!!!

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  4. I took some of the puzzle pieces out to the studio today and played with the colors. FUN FUN FUN

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  5. They're gorgeous! I want this puzzle -- can you get tell where we can find it?

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  6. I bought it on Amazon, but the puzzle company has their own web site too:
    www.whitemountainpuzzles.com

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  7. Thanks for the link to the puzzle company NOW, can you please tell the name of the puzzle! I'm seriously wanting to do the same one that has those beautiful pieces!

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  8. I didn't mean to sound like I was shouting the word now. I'm not sure how that got into all caps. Sorry about that. And there should have been a period before that word, too! Geez...

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  9. These are so lovely. I can see why they inspired you. I'm looking forward to when you blog about what they inspired in the studio!

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  10. In one place on the box it's called "Perennials" ; in another place it's called "Learn About Perennials". There are many different flowers depicted and each one has the name beside it.

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  11. You got it goin' on girl!!!

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