The last day of the retreat we focused on placement and proportion.

The flag exercise is a fun way to see the six different options for three colors in a simple design. To be effective, all three colors need to be visible when the flag is flying on top of a capitol building.  As you can see not all options are equally successful.

After analyzing the flags it was off to the tables to work on test samples for future projects.

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Ellen’s sampler quilt block came together in pieces.







Judy was inspired by images from the Herschel telescope. The four 8″ x 8″ encaustic panels are the beginning of a project on the colors and imagery of distant times.







Pug’s decision to do a simple still-life resulted in a small finished painting. Note the still life under the window.







Debbie set up for her polymer project, trying different surroundings for a beaded piece as a gift for a friend.








Alison’s work area proved too small for making the final project so she relocated to her printmaking studio for the rest of the day.  The resulting prints were inspired by a new palette that includes magenta and orange.

Wynn worked on her collection of many paintings, adding depth by playing with light and shadow.








Michelle worked on stripes to go with her textured mosaics. The freedom to play with color resulted in many beautiful samples.

The last day went by too quickly. I think everyone was just getting into the zone when we gathered around the big table for the final review.  Although all ten of us were tired from four days of learning new things about color – it was a good tired. I’m looking forward to the next Color Retreat in the spring!