Verbena, Viper’s Bugloss, and Chicory blooms blend reds and blues to look vibrant, yet soothing at the same time. The color of these flowers are so beautiful, but what exactly is that color called? This year, Pantone selected Very Peri, a periwinkle hue to be the 2022 color of the year! Displaying a carefree confidence …

WONDER: WILD ART 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 May Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “Wonder”. Each month, I am going to focus on two pieces – one highlighting flora, the other highlighting fauna. There is so much about the natural world that I wonder about, marvel at, …

2021 Color of the Year – Illuminating

Bright Sunshine, Butterfly wings, Bird Plumage, and flowers…. What do these all have in common? They can be “Illuminating”, the Pantone Color of the Year! This year, Pantone selected 2 colors to represent 2021, and the combination is beautiful! PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements …

Colors of Autumn – Celebrating Fall Foliage Week

Last Sunday marked the start of a colorful time of year – the start of Fall Foliage Week! While Summer is definitely my favorite season climate-wise (put me in warm, dry heat ANY day and I’ll be a happy girl!!!), Autumn holds a special place in my heart since I love all things colorful! What …

Classic Blue – Pantone Color of the Year

Sky, Water, Butterfly wings, Bird Plumage, and flowers…. What do these all have in common? They can be “Classic Blue”, the Pantone Color of the Year! This color was chosen after lots of careful thought, study, and trend analysis, by Pantone color specialists because: “A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is …

“Galaxy Print” – What is it Made of?

Galaxy print is trendy right now. There are Galaxy print leggings, back-to-school supplies decorated with galaxies, and I’ve even seen Galaxy print bed sheets! In fact – I have a galaxy tattoo (long story….) We find space to be mysterious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring, but do we even know what galaxy print is made of – …

Colors of the Rainbow as Seen in the Garden

Flowers have so many beautiful colors, but other than just to make us humans happy, why are flower colors so diverse? Pollinators have the important job of transferring genetics from one flower to another to allow for fertilization and ultimately growth of future generations of flowers and plants. In order to attract the most effective …

Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

Flowers rely on pollinators like bees, beetles, birds, moths, butterflies, bats, and other creatures to spread pollen from one flower to the next in order to create seeds. Flowers have adapted their color, shape, or aroma to attract the type of pollinator that would best suit them – for example, hummingbirds like red tube flowers. …

Living Coral – Pantone Color of the Year and Nature

Living Coral – the Color of the Year! We can expect to see more of this color in our lives and on our news feeds. Pantone has selected this color because “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of …

Recently, I’ve been waking up to some strikingly vivid sunrises. Unfortunately, by the time that I see the sunrise, get my camera, half stick my boots on and dash into the backyard, the colors have lost much of their vibrancy. How do the colors disappear so quickly and what causes sunsets and sunrises to be …