2010 Archives

December 30, 2010

Honeysuckle Lips and a Gap Tooth Pout!

Can you spot the three trends in this picture?

Photograph by Terry Richardson

I absolutely think this model, Lindsay Wixson, is ADORABLE! I might almost say she is perfection. Ok, I am wixsing poetic. Waxing. I know, I went too far. Who could resist such a face? I must also mention that I am a midwestern girl and have a soft spot for other fellow midwesterners. She is from Wichita, Kansas.

Enough about Lindsay, for now…

Back to the three trends. Did you figure them out?

1. Honeysuckle Lips. You knew we would put that first as it is the color of the year for 2011. Hot! Hot! Hot!

Photograph by Terry Richardson

2. Lindsay Wixson. Ranked #12 out of 50 top models, Donatella Versace’s muse and the face of Versace’s new fragrance Vanitas.

3. Make-up 101 for spring 2011. Bold lip with a soft and natural eye.

Like I said….Perfection!

I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to all of our readers!
You have made 2010 a great year for us.

Here is to another colorful year…

December 27, 2010

Black Is The New Brown

For those of you who know me, you know that I am a devout pescatarian-no meat eater. Veggies, lentils, fungi, fruit, multigrain, fish, no sugar and non-fat (except for the good fat) diet.  I am always looking for healthy tips, especially those involving color, so when Whole Living magazine published and article claiming that Black is the New Brown, my ears and eyes, perked up!—Lee

Louisiana State University researchers have found that “Black rice may unseat brown as the healthiest option”.

“Like brown rice, black rice has an outer layer of antioxidant-rich bran, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol. Unlike the bran found in brown rice, however, black-rice bran contains anthocyanins, the purple and reddish pigments also found in blueberries, grapes, and acai. These compounds decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer, among other health benefits. In fact, a spoonful of black-rice bran contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries…”

“A recent study of mice found that a diet that included 10 percent black-rice bran reduced swelling of inflamed skin, adding fuel to the theory that black rice may also help prevent diseases associated with chronic inflammation, such as diabetes.”

Do you have a favorite recipe that contains black rice?

December 23, 2010


December 20, 2010

John Wayne is NOT a colorful dresser!

Hollywood Reporter
80 Years of The Hollywood Reporter
The most glamorous and memorable moments from a storied history

We came across this vintage photo of John Wayne, the super hero/cowboy star of so many westerns. When his studio attempted to dress him in bright colors to promote the film “The Big Trail” he responded by saying…

“Don’t make me do this…

You don’t put a red dress on

an elephant.”

-John Wayne , lamenting the costume (green shirt, yellow boots) that the studio insisted he wear to promote the film.

He is right, I could not find one image of an elephant in a red dress.

December 17, 2010

Honeysuckle and Three Flavors of Honey

In light of the announcement that Honeysuckle 18-2120 is to be the color of the year for 2011, I put together a set of fun things from my favorite “make believe” online closet Polyvore.

I am calling this one Honeysuckle and three flavors of Honey as a hot color cameo for spring. I did a fashion compilation to showcase how the colors can be used together. Honeysuckle as the focal point with accents in the three shades of Honey.

I couldn’t decide which pair of shoes I would prefer with this outfit, so I put both in. I think I am leaning toward the Corso Como hidden platform with the Swarovski crystal heel. What do you think?

Also, I know that a few of the honey accents do look a little yellow but they were as close to honey as I could find and honey does have many different shades in real life depending on the flower that is used to make it.

The Pantone colors I used as inspiration for this set are…

Honeysuckle 18-2020

Honey Yellow 16-1143

Honey Gold 15-1142

Honey 16-0946

What Colortime would this ensemble look best on?

* These colors may look different from screen to screen. Click the fashion collage to find out more about Polyvore.

December 14, 2010

Back in Black

gravestone 70 x 40 x 6 cm black granite image © designboom

One can say that Konstantin Grcic is hip to be square, if one would say such a thing. Herr Grcic (pronounced Gear-titchich) has found beauty and inspiration in the simplicity of a black rectangle. So much so that he has put together a collection of items for an exhibition at the Swiss Institute of Rome called Black2.

‘centurion’ credit card, american express, 1999 designer: continuum designs innovation 8.5 x 5.4 cm titanium image © designboom

Industrial designer Grcic always admired both the color and the shape. Konstanin said in an article in the New York Times that “They can be extremely elegant and sophisticated, or very basic, but they are such strong and powerful parts of our lives that it is impossible to imagine a world without them.”

bachelor hat 23.5 x 23.5 x 10 cm satin

‘the bella combination’ art noveau style fireplace 106 x 104 x 15 cm cast iron image © designboom

Konstanin asks…“How is it that so many different things made in so many different ways end being black rectangles?”

tetsubin teapot’, mount everest tea 16 x 14 x 10.5 cm cast iron, enamel, stainless steel filter image © designboom

“They can be extremely elegant and sophisticated, or very basic, but they are such strong and powerful parts of our lives that it is impossible to imagine a world without them.”

‘sudoku cube’, 2006 designer: jay horowitz 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm plastic image © designboom

December 13, 2010

More Alive With Color Monday

On a sight seeing stroll through Taiwan we spotted the Taiwanese version of More Alive With Color. It really is a beautifully done book. We couldn’t be more pleased with the book and being embraced by the Taiwanese.

Thank you!!

I’m thinking of calling this More Alive With Color Monday. If you are not familiar with More Alive With Color (MAWC) for short I will give you a brief synopsis of the concept.

Based on the colors of your eyes, hair and skin (and on your personality). Lee has come up with three Colortimes:

Sunrise, with the sparkling jewel tones of dawn and dew

Sunlight, with the soft pastels and delicious fruit shades of noon

Sunset, with the fiery hues that mellow into dusk.

With that said, do you know what YOUR Colortime is? Stay tuned for when I talk about the Crossover colors….

December 10, 2010

Reflection of a Decade in Pantone Color

Let’s take a look back at the “colors of the year” from the past decade. Pantone didn’t officially start announcing the color of the year until 2007. They have still chosen colors which they feel are a good representation of each year. If you have any thoughts about what these colors mean/meant to you at the time or now, PLEASE share!!!!

There are only a few excerpts on the colors that I could find for the years 2006-2010 and Cerulean in 2000 because it was named the color of the millennium.

[Cerulean 2000] Lifestyle movements suggest that consumers will be seeking inner peace and spiritual fulfillment in the new millennium. This is a paradoxical time in which we are heading toward an uncertain, yet exciting, future, and also looking back, trying to hold onto the security of the past. In this stressful, high-tech era, we will be searching for solace and Cerulean Blue produces the perfect calming effect.

Socio-ecologically, as we enter the next century, water issues are emerging at the forefront of the public’s consciousness. Exhausting our natural resources and polluting our environment, particularly our water supply, continues to be a concern, another reason for the popularity of blue for the future.

[Sand Dollar 2006] “Reflects the interest in organics and sustainability

[Chili Pepper 2007] In a time when personality is reflected in everything from a cell phone to a Web page on a social networking site, Chili Pepper connotes an outgoing, confident, design-savvy attitude.

“In 2007, there is an awareness of the melding of diverse cultural influences, and Chili Pepper is a reflection of exotic tastes both on the tongue and to the eye.

[Blue Iris 2008] Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.

[Mimosa 2009] In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, optimism is paramount and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow.

“Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

[Turquoise 2010] “In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color.” “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.

I think we ended on a high note and it seems that the collective “we” are still concerned with our environment especially when it comes to water……

December 9, 2010

Honeysuckle is THE color for 2011

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2011:
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman.

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

“Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

December 8, 2010

Trend Summit 2011

Lee will be speaking at the Trend Summit 2011. If you would like to attend or get more information, please click the images below to find out more.

TREND SUMMIT 2011 is a symposium to introduce & to discuss

– Industry Color Trends

– Best New Flower & Plant Varieties from growers

– Best New & Exciting Containers & Supplies from manufacturers & vendors

– Best New Applications for the latest products

– How to stay on the cutting edge of design

– How we can set our own design trends

This symposium calls out to industry leaders and forward thinkers to participate in a lively brainstorming session to help create exciting trend directions for the year ahead.

December 6, 2010

85 Years Of Treasures

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Up From The Vault:
85 Years of Treasures From The Warner Bros. Photo Lab

The images below are just a few of the movie titles that are on view. Click the images for more information to the exhibition.

“165 photographs-some famous, many extremely rare or literally unseen by the public-grace the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in this exhibition showcasing the remarkable archive amassed over the past 85 years by Warner Bros. Studios.”

“A broad range of photography is included, from glamour portraits to set reference stills, from ad art and publicity photos to behind-the-scenes shots and scene stills. New prints of images taken in black-and-white and color, and in nearly every photographic format, from early 4×5″ negatives to the latest high-resolution digital photos, are on view.”

“The Warner Bros. Photo Lab originated in the early days the studio, circa 1930, and remains the longest continuously operating studio photography department. Its purpose was, and still is, to process the unit photographer’s still images into proofs and prints for publicity and advertising. Staffed by printmakers, archivists and digital designers, the Warner Bros. Photo Lab works with millions of original negatives, photographic prints and digital images created during the making of Warner Bros. films and television programs.”

“The exhibition is organized by the Academy in association with guest curators Greg Dyro and Leith Adams.”

December 3, 2010

Kids and Babies Like Wearing Black

The Boston Globe
Baby’s in black
Beth Teitell

“When Kelly Dennis goes out with her infant daughter, she often notices people giving her looks. As in: What kind of a mother are you?”

“Dennis’s crime? Dressing little Willow in the color black. Black skinny jeans, black tops, black boots, black onesies, black yoga pants — she has them all.”

“As many adults can testify, when black clothing gets its hooks into you, buying and wearing other colors can be hard. But black clothes weren’t always so dominant, said Leatrice Eiseman.”

“In the 19th century, black was worn almost exclusively by widows, clerics, and, in the theater, villains. It wasn’t adopted by artists or activists until the 20th century, she said.”

One of my favorite authors,  Nora Ephron  also weighed in on this issue.

Click here for the full article including Nora’s comments.

November 30, 2010

Color/Design Insight

If you are curious about what you will learn in our upcoming Color/Design class, please check out our Youtube video by clicking on the box below.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Burbank!!!

November 29, 2010

Why He’s So Hot

Best Health
Why He’s So Hot
One reason: He’s in a red shirt
Lisa Hannam

There’s actually a scientific reason why you suddenly feel the urge to hug your guy whenever you see him in a red shirt. According to some new research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, if a man is wearing a red shirt, women are more likely to be attracted to him, to find him more handsome and to believe him to be more successful than if he were wearing white, grey, blue or green.

The research, which involved women in the United States, England, Germany and China, compared women’s perceptions of men (their looks, sexual attraction and social status) and found that red made the most impact on the ladies.

Lee’s take on this research…”Red is a very expressive colour, ” adding that it represents passion, love and sex. Plus, wearing this sensual hue can add a subtle flush to skin tone.

I wonder if that is why mom got caught kissing Santa Claus?!!!

November 22, 2010

Purple isn’t just for Ravens

Lee was quoted about one of her favorite colors—purple—in her home town newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.  Donna Owens the reporter was curious about purple as it the hot color in Baltimore now because of the Baltimore Ravens— an equally hot team.

“Purple is very complex,” says Leatrice Eiseman. “It’s not a straightforward primary color like red, blue or yellow. You mix two colors to get it, so instantaneously there are opposing feelings. It’s the calmness of blue, with the excitement and dynamism of red.”

The Baltimore native said that last spring, when Pantone unveiled its palettes for 2011, the dazzling array of shades included several purples: Concord Grape, Dahlia and Wood Violet.

Eiseman said the color “is often chosen by very creative people, or those who are just a bit different.”


Having a boldly colored team uniform like the Ravens’ purple can also prove a powerful emotional catalyst that could help win games, she adds.

That said, displaying purple in the home can make some traditionalists wary. “People worry that they’ll be criticized,” says Eiseman. Yet she stresses that decorating is not about rules and regulations. “If you love the color, and if it suits your personality, surround yourself with it.”

For your listening pleasure!

November 19, 2010

Optical Illusions

Vision Scientist Studies Color Contrast, Illusions
By Sonja Patterson

“Your eyes may be playing tricks on you. Without your even knowing it.”

“The whole world is an illusion,” says Arthur Shapiro, a vision science researcher and psychology professor.

“It’s easy to believe that when you look out into the world, you’re seeing what’s really there and not just a representation of what’s really there. The distinction between our perceptions and reality is an important one, and people should understand it,” he adds, “as much as they can.”

Read more HERE

Look at Dr. Shapiro’s illusions by clicking HERE

Click the image for more.

November 15, 2010

Purple Turbine saves Collateral Animal Damage

Painting Wind Turbines Purple Will Save Wildlife
Timon Singh

Environmentalists have often criticized wind turbines on the grounds that they harm wildlife such as birds and bats who are caught in the blades. On the other hand, home owners have cited turbines as eye-sores that reduce the value of their property. Now, it appears that the wind turbine controversy is about to taken to a whole new level as researchers at Loughborough University in the UK announced that by painting turbines a different color, rather than the traditional white/grey, wildlife might not be affected. In short, they suggest that all turbines be painted purple.

Click images for more….

November 12, 2010

Color Your BEST Accessory

This website image from Eileen Fisher that was just too lovely not to share and deserves a mention because it has a good message and it is visually appealing.


The colors that are shown are colors that would look good on almost everyone as they are what we consider “Crossover Colors”. The Crossovers are colors that occur most frequently in nature.

Eileen Fisher understands the concept of “esthetic color sense-what you see-plays and important role in your wardrobe decisions”.

If you aren’t familiar with Eileen’s designs click the image for more information and to see her latest creations.

If you want to find out more about Crossovers and learn about what Colortime you may be, click on “Crossover Colors“.


October 2010

Recently I was in Palm Springs and was escorted to Joshua Tree National Park. This was my first visit to the park and I was completely in awe. It was like walking around in prehistoric time, so much so that I was sure the Flintstones would appear at any moment. It was really magical.

These pictures are a few of my favorites from that trip. I couldn’t resist creating a color palette based on the Cholla Cactus. It was natures perfect ombre.

There is no joke about the needles on these cactus. I was walking around them and a cluster of the needles had fallen off and onto my shoe and it poked me through the shoe! I recommend these be enjoyed from afar.

The other images are from some of the various rock outcroppings that are all through the park. It was truly stunning.

My favorite was Skull Rock.

Can you see the resemblance?

November 5, 2010

One of our favorite sites to follow is whiteblackred.com. The site features as you may have guessed is art and all things interesting that are white, black and red. On Lee’s recent trip to Paris she found some lovely housewares that are white, black and red that we would like to share.

When it isn’t just black and white.

How about a little sugar cube?

Subconscious stimulation…sleep on that.

If this has wet your whistle please stop by whiteblackred.com for more


I am not sure who makes two of the lovely items shown above. If you know please share.

November 1, 2010

One of the few places I have never traveled to, but is definitely on my list now, is Curacao. It’s been called the “Treasure of the Caribbean” and some recent phtotos in the American Airlines Magazine “American Way” shows it as a very colorful place indeed. As if the turquoise waters lapping up on an isolated beach were not enough, my eyes were riveted by the colors on the exterior of the buildings.

With the cool weather coming upon us, Curacao looks very tempting. But if you can’t join us there (whenever that might be) perhaps you would like a respite in California at the end of January. We will be going back to Burbank for the second year now to do the three and a half day Color/Design class. We do manage to have some fun, but we are there primarily to learn, observe, participate in and absorb the ever-fascinating subject of color in its many applications.

October 29, 2010


Emotion Processing In The Brain Is Influenced By The Color Of Ambient Light

Researches at the Universities of Liege, Geneva and Surrey did a study investigating the immediate effect of light and its color composition on brain processing.

The study shows the following.

“The acute effects of ambient light on emotional processing might differ from its longer-lasting effects on mood, but the present findings in healthy subjects have important implications for our understanding of the mechanisms by which changes in lighting environment could improve mood, not only in mood disorders using light therapy, but also in our day to day life, by paying more attention to our light environment at home and in the work place.”

Sources: Leige University, AlphaGalileo Foundation

October 27, 2010
The dates for the Burbank class are January 27-30.
Sign up today! Spaces are first come first serve.
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October 26, 2010

We would like to acquaint you with our colleagues from Subkarma-Tony and James Soames.

These images demonstrate what they do best. All of it done with style, wit and intelligence.

For more images from Taiwan and Subkarma follow Lee on Facebook.

October 22, 2010
Mondrian Sightings

Lee recently went to Paris for Maison & Objet. Among all of the new and interesting items she spotted some items that pay homage to Piet Mondrian.
Included in the room of Mondrian items is the bookworm bookshelf by Ron Arad. Ron is a multiple disciplined designer that really has an extensive resume that can best be summed up be clicking [HERE].
I can see some similarities between Ron and Piet.

“I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things…”–Piet Mondrian

We are drawn to the simplicity of the primary palette because it taps into our inner child. The basic shapes and colors together are pleasing without being overly complex.

October 18, 2010

Do you get tired of eating the same old vegetables? Are you like me and stuck in a vegetable rut? I think Duda Farms has found a way to perk up a classic refrigerator staple.

“Red Celery is an all-natural and beautiful variety of celery which has been bred from heirloom seeds and is available all year round and is a colorful, one-of-a-kind variety exclusively offered by Duda Farm Fresh Foods.”
Why, you ask? I don’t know why but it may add some interesting flare to the relish tray during the holidays.

October 15, 2010

One of Lee’s compadres from CMG has thrown her hat into the shoe design ring all for breast cancer. Beth Simon is a graphic designer who likes to occasionally stretch her creative muscles in other fields including fashion design.

Beth shared with us a little bit about the inspiration behind her design.

“We need to celebrate the good times in life, not only to enjoy them more, but to build a reserve to help propel us over the not so good times.”

“Dressing up and wearing bright colors makes me feel good and gives me more power and confidence. When you dance, you don’t want to lose a shoe! So this design utilizes the most powerful shade of pink and wraps it to your arch so that you can dance the night away!”

“I love to design with a little surprise. I’ve used the breast cancer logo in a bold way but in such a natural way that you almost notice, after the fact, that it’s actually the logo. The heel was designed first. It can be overlooked but when you apply color there, it’s also an “aha! moment”.”
Pink Passion is a shoe contest held by Baylor University Medical Center and Saks Fifth Avenue.

October 11, 2010

Stationery Trends
Excerpt from An Infusion of Good Cheer
Sarah Schwartz

Occasionally a color sticks around long enough that it becomes emblematic of an entire era. Many people will see avocado green and recall 1970s appliances, while for others Schiaparelli pink instantly evokes cutting edge fashions from the late 1930s.

Well, marigold yellow may just become synonymous with the 2010s, even though Pantone actually dubbed its shade 14-0848 Mimosa the color of the year for 2009-a full year before this decade officially started.
“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explained Lee.
“Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”
“…this feel-good color as especially suited to complementary colors in the purple or blue family, the hue also is suited to neutrals from chocolate brown to steely grays, as well as groupings that set moods ranging from autumnal to citrus-y.”
October 8, 2010

Lee was recently quoted in an article about the use of pink in reference to breast cancer.

The Daily Record
The power of pink: Color spins a pop culture all its own
Leatrice describes pink as “soft, romantic and innocent.”

“When people are happy, they look at the world through rose-colored glasses,” Eiseman points out, “and when fair-skinned people are healthy, we say they are ‘in the pink.’ “

“Yet for all its innocence, pink has taken on a more powerful connotation throughout the last decade: breast cancer awareness.”
Please click the image to get more information.

October 4, 2010

I was watching one of my favorite shows last week and thought I noticed something very familiar. On last weeks episode of Mad Men I thought I spotted what looked like a lamp that was inspired by Mondrian.

I did a little “research” on the Mad Men website and found this picture that had the lamp in it.

Is it me, or does that lamp look like a take on a Mondrian painting with Playboy Bunny ears? What an interesting combination.


There is no mistaking where this funky bookshelf gets its inspiration.

Moving Mondrian by A.M.O.S. Design

October 1, 2010

American Cinematographer
A Magical Manhattan
David Heuring
August 2010

An interesting story that addresses color in film.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the latest retelling of an ancient tale in which supernatural powers threaten to overwhelm the young would-be wizard who summons them. Perhaps the best-known antecedent is the synonymous segment of Disney’s animated classic Fantasia, in which Mickey Mouse filled in the title role. The new film reimagines the story as a live-action adventure-comedy set in modern-day New York, where fresh-faced Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) finds himself unwittingly cast as the apprentice to sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage).

To bring this vision to the screen, director Jon Turteltaub teamed with Bojan Bazelli, ASC, whose previous credits include Hairspray (AC Aug. ’07), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (AC July ’05) and The Ring (Ac Nov. ’02). With a story steeped in magic, Sorcerer’s Apprentice required Bazelli to focus on “the magical feeling you perceive subconsciously as an audience,” The cinematographer offers. “The goal was to engage viewers through characters they can identify with and a story that sweeps them along. If we fail at that, nothing else matters.”

Along the way, Bazelli adds, the filmmakers also wanted “to create a version of New York City that’s never been seen before.”

“I wanted the images in this movie to travel from the mid-tones to black in as many tones and shades as possible.”

“During prep, Brazelli found inspiration in Orpheus Descending, a book of color stills taken by Clayton Burkhart that depict modern New York City, and Fantasy Art Now, a book of contemporary illustrations. ‘I’m a little obsessed with what these fantasy illustrators do in their pictures,’ says Bazelli. ‘They’re very filmic. These photographs in Burkhart’s book make use of the city’s many lights and colors, and often play off of reflections and wet streets. The colors are strong, and the blacks are really pure. That fit with our desire to set this story in contemporary times.”

“Most of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was shot on stages in the New York area, including Steiner Studios. The remainder was filmed on location throughout the city. More than 1,200 visual-effects shots round our the magic with flying balls of plasma, a fire-breathing dragon, shape-shifting vehicles and many other illusions.”

“Shooting on location in New York posed a number of challenges. The filmmakers spent 16 nights filming a climactic battle sequence in lower Manhattan, where all of their gear had to be set up at 7p.m. and torn down every morning at dawn. Further complicating matters, the city experienced 43 consecutive nights of rain during the summertime shoot. The showers usually lasted no more than an hour, but it was enough to make the short nights even shorter, recalls Bazelli. Nevertheless, the project was finished on schedule in 96 days.”

“In the story, a series of evil sorcerers are locked in a Russian-doll-like series of containers. Each sorcerer must be unlocked by the right code and destroyed before the subsequent sorcerer can emerge. In the final battle, filmed in Bowling Green Park in lower Manhattan, the final sorcerer must be vanquished.”

“The production also spent six nights filming in Chinatown, where a dragon springs to life during a parade and pursues Dave up a fire escape to a rooftop. Balthazar intercedes, creating a curtain of confetti to hide his actions. Five tons of confetti was blown into the scenes. …”The scene was lit with 300 red silk Chinese lanterns; Bazelli chose silk over paper because because he thought the glow was more interesting, and he was relieved to find that the silk held up well in the wet weather.”

“In one key scene, Balthazar generates six circles of fire inscribed in a stone floor and circumscribed by a larger circle 35′ in diameter. Each circle has its own color of flame, created by the special-effects department and captured in-camera.”

September 27, 2010

Moving Pictures Magazine
Scorsese’s Film Foundation preserving lifetime of memories
Fall 2010

“The future of film itself was at stake. The celluloid reels, whether catalogued in storehouses or gathering dust in an attic corner, were succumbing to the ravages of age. Against the forces of nature-and corporate indifference-Martin Scorsese began deploying his own forces: the not-inconsiderable weight of his own name and a prestigious starting cast of Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg.”

“There was no system in place or incentive to make sure films would be around in the future. Now, with 545 restored films to The Film Foundation’s credit since he founded the organization dedicated to that purpose in 1990, Scorsese remains passionate about the continuing need for film restoration. In addition to the narrative feature films “we all respond to,” he says, there are “avant-garde films that are deeply compelling and can change the way you look at cinema. Or the earliest silent films that show everyday events and remind us how life has-and hasn’t-changed in over 100 years. There are documentaries, newsreels, home movies that can show the spectrum of human experience and open our eyes to moments and events from the past in a most powerful way.”

“Scorsese, as a young filmmaker, had been inspired by the old RKO films and others from the past. But he noticed that the prints he say, whether from a library or a studio, were pink; the colors were faded. He spearheaded a campaign for Kodak to develop a low-fade stock so the color wold be more stable, advocating for it during his press tour in 1980 for “Raging Bull”-which he shot in black-and-white specifically so as not to be worried about it fading 10 years down the line.”


“The board (The Film Foundation) helps select the preservation projects the foundation will fund, based on historical and technical significance such as a director’s first use of color, a specific color process or wide screen. Explains Scorsese, “The archives send in a proposal each year, outlining and prioritizing the films most in need of preservation, and the board reviews the titles and proposals, the materials available and the additional information on the cultural and historical significance of the pictures provided by the archives. And then we decide.”

“Two years after launching The Story of Movies, TFF grew in another direction: It consolidated with Artists Rights Foundation, whose mission paralleled TFF’s. ARF’s focus on protecting the films’ creative elements over issues such as colorization and unauthorized editing underscores concerns that restorers constantly grapple with: Using today’s advanced technology to make something look as good as it can without adding one’s own aesthetic.”

“Choices inform the look of the final product. Archivists and TFF’s board study films and look at reference prints (and, in ever more rare cases, even talk to the director) to know what a director may have been going for in his body of work or specific film.”

“John Huston and cinematographer Oswald Morris used a subdued color palette that was almost sepia, even though it was done with the three-strip [Technicolor] process.”

“Three-strip Technicolor films used three different cameras, each creating a color record for the red, blue or yellow section of the color chart. Digital technology enables the color records to be aligned exactly, which give Technicolor a new look. ‘The original was a soft look,’ says Bodde (Margaret Bodde executive Director of TFF), ‘but did the director want that, or would he have wanted a sharp look?”

“Using “The Phantom of the Opera” as an example-it was shot in black-and-white but has one sequence featuring Lon Chaney wearing a brilliant red cloak-Jackson describes the dilemma of leaving the color in the “rather crude, hand-painted-look, two-color process of the time” or improving the appearance and making it more perfect.”

“Assume nobody’s an expert,” he says. “[Offer] the view of how audiences would have seen ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in 1925 and how it would have looked if [the director] would have had access to our technology. …The capacity on discs is such that there’s no reason you can’t offer both versions at no extra cost.” And he adds, “It wold inspire interest, and may make some young viewer into a future historian.”

September 24, 2010

Pantone has released the Spring 2011 Fashion Report. We always get excited when the new ones come out! Please click the images to read the full report.


Ellen Wulfhorst of Reuters writes an article on the role neutrals will play in fashion for spring and summer 2011, and quotes Leatrice Eiseman saying, “Neutrals don’t necessarily mean boring, and they can range from pale rose to deep russet…These are not your mother’s neutrals, they have wonderful undertones, very subtle.”

Let’s see….

Very subtle indeed, with just a little pop of color!!!


Click each of the images to see the full lines from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore and Badgley Mischka at Style.com

September 20, 2010

Here is a another little addition to our Turquoise sightings. What a great cause and such a perfect color to use as representative of great intention.

To quote from Color: Messages and Meanings on Turquoise…

“In many cultures, turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color. The actual name for the gem is derived from the French phrase meaning “Turkish stone” as the first stones were mined in Turkey. Turquoise was used (and continues so in many cultures) as a protective talisman against evil by cultures as varied as the Persians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Spanish, Israelis and Mexicans, as well as the early Aztecs and Native Americans.”

Daily Candy
Falling for Turquoise

Camouflage? Fur accents? Forget it. You need but one trend this fall: turquoise. Not convinced? Ask Kelly Ripa and Electrolux.
The two are supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) by going totally teal (the cause’s official color).

For more information click here…

September 17, 2010

We have set the dates for the January Color/Design class.

Register for our Color/Design class this January 27-30 in Burbank, California. The class will be held at the Residence Inn by Marriot in Burbank.

Phone, fax or email us today to reserve your spot!

Class is filled on a first come first serve basis.

206)842-4456(PH) or (206)842-6498(Fax)


If you are going to be in Denver next week stop by and say hello. This event is open to professional interior designers and retailers who are interested in learning about color.

Click the flyer for more information…..

September 13, 2010

Renowned Mexican architect, Luis Barragan once said “Who can ever describe the vividness, the profusion of light and color?’ What he could not describe in words, he rendered quite brilliantly in the colorations of the homes that he designed and colored. His inspiration was well founded as traditionally, in Mexico, pigments and dyes often came from insects, shells, the color of the soil and vegetation, rendering a large array of indigenous colors.  There are sunlit yellows and terra cottas, vivid violets and roses, and greens of all shades, including jade and sage. Blues rendered a range from indigo to cobalt, sapphire and turquoise, while the reds had an even larger range, including cadmium, vermillion, carmine, crimson, magenta and fuchsia.  Scarlet is the star of the show, bearing the dubious distinction of being called  the “blood of the prickly pear”  as they were extracted  from an enormous number of insects who inhabited that ubiquitous Mexican cacti.


September 10, 2010

When Grading Papers, Red Ink May Mean Lower Scores
New research suggests the use of red ink by teachers to correct students’ work may result in harsher evaluations.
By Tom Jacobs

“A study in the European Journal of Social Psychology suggests the use of red pens may make teachers more likely to spot errors on tests and to be more critical when grading essays. “Despite teachers’ efforts to free themselves from extraneous influences while grading,” write California State University Northridge psychologist Abraham Rutchick, Tufts University psychologist Michael Slepian and Bennett Ferris of Phillips Exeter Academy, “the very act of picking up a red pen can bias their evaluations.”

Because red pens are closely associated with error-marking and poor performance, the use of red pens when correcting student work can activate these concepts. People using red pens to complete a word-stem task completed more words related to errors and poor performance than did people using black pens (Study 1), suggesting relatively greater accessibility of these concepts. Moreover, people using red pens to correct essays marked more errors (Study 2) and awarded lower grades (Study 3) than people using blue pens. Thus, despite teachers’ efforts to free themselves from extraneous influences when grading, the very act of picking up a red pen can bias their evaluations.

September 7, 2010

We found these quotes to be interesting, worthy of note and worth sharing.

“The influence of houses on their inhabitants might well be the subject of a scientific investigation.”-Lytton Strachey

“The Bloomsbury Groups sought forms of domesticity to replace standard concepts…Strachey went on to say “We find satisfaction in curves and colors. Windows fascinate us, we are agitated by staircases, inspired by doors, disgusted by cornices, depressed by chairs, made wanton by ceilings, entranced by passages and exacerbated by a rug.”

For the Bloomsbury Group “the greatest ethic goods were ideals of personal relations and aesthetic appreciation.”

Detail from a portrait of John Maynard Keynes by Roger Fry. Photograph: Bridgeman Art Library

The often controversial collection of artists, writers, intellectuals and philosophers who make up the Bloomsbury Group, largely contributed to the world of aesthetics as well as literature and economics. Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes are among the most influential members.

A few of the members of Bloomsbury Group went on to form the Omega Workshops.

September 3, 2010

Feeling a little bit whimsical today as we share bits of interesting information that we gathered along our journey into the history of color. Jean-Baptiste Reveillon is the object of our admiration with his love of craft in wallpaper. His innovation in design and color spawned generations of designers and do it yourselfers who live to paper their homes and in some cases themselves.

Wallpaper innovation in homes and clothing

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Reveillon was the father of wallpaper. Reveillon brought revolution to the royals with his velvet paper. In 1775 he opened his own paper mill which allowed for more measured quality control and quantity. The royal courts were enamored with his work.

Reveillon and his workers produced wallpaper that was in league with Chinese paper at the time. His beautiful wallpapers were considered art and had mass appeal. So much is the case that French women would use his papers to add adornment to their cotton crinolines creating inexpensive fashion statements that would last for months. For the first time women could “buy their dresses by the roll, instead of by the yard.”

August 30, 2010

New Mexico Magazine
The Power of Turquoise
Tricia Ware

Today brings another story of Turquoise, this time from New Mexico. Photographer Kathleen Brennan toured New Mexico to capture how the people of New Mexico have been using Turquoise for years. Whether it is in paint, jewelry or fashion, New Mexicans have known about the wonders of turquoise for years.

Enjoy some of the lovely photos from Kathleen Brennan’s journey through New Mexico.

Stucco wall in Truth or Consequences.

A piece of turquoise from the Cerillos mines.

Common door in Turquoise in Adobe home.

August 27, 2010

Have you ever done a remodel that required peeling off layer upon layer of old wallpaper? And upon the peeling you stumble onto a layer that is so charming and unexpected that you almost fret to tear it for fear of losing such a beautiful link to the past. If so, we have an artist that you must check out, her name isKathe Fraga.

Kathe is a friend of Lee’s who is a very talented artist. Her work is lovely with a sweetness that reminds me of my childhood. Her exceptional use of colors (with a special nod to turquoise) really capture that moment in time where happiness resides.

Kathe’s artis inspired by the beauty and romance of old: vintage silky kimonos, hand-worked embroidery, lacquered little boxes, blocked wallpaper and panels from years ago, distressed with age, revealing a soft loveliness still…you’ll see layered colors peeking out behind one another—pinks, blues, lavender—speckles of gold, a wisp of glitter. Look for a small shy heart. A nestle of lovebirds. A French phrase. Each piece meant to be seen as part of a larger scene that’s been hidden away…until now.

The influence of time spent by the artist living in the beautiful old cities of South America, Denmark, England, and France can be clearly felt.

Kathe’s paintings are acrylic on frescoed canvas, finished with lacquer.

August 23, 2010

I met these lovely and very talented people at Maison & Objet in Paris. Their sense of color is so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you.


“Lizzy Ashard and Stephen Morgan the company’s co-founders and designers first met at The Central School of Art and design in London. After careers in stage and TV design, products design, ceramics and lecturing we met again in Somerset where we have both settled with our families. Inspired by an enthusiasm for design, colour, contemporary design and craft we decided to set up our own company – MORGAN ASHARD – designing and making fine carpets.”

“…inspired by Georgian woodblock prints, architecture, textiles, rock formations and whatever catches our eye.”

“Made with the finest Tibetan wool which is traditionally hand carded and hand spun. The yarn is then dyed using vegetable or mineral dyes giving the finished carpets a natural abrash (subtle shading differences) and lustre with great depth of colour.”

August 20, 2010

We stumbled onto an interesting story about Marimekko. Marimekko is a familiar and very colorful brand that was a pioneer” in bringing color to a very cold and bleak region of the world—defying all sterotypical concepts of “bleak colors” for “bleak areas” starting in the 1950s.

In the 1960s Marimekko came to the forefront of fashion in the United States when Jacqueline Kennedy purchased several Marimekko items. She was even photographed for the cover of Sport Illustrated wearing a simple pink Marimekko shift dress.

These colors are certainly not in the usual Finnish topography for a greater potion of the year, yet Marrimekko has established a brand identity that ran counter to accepted concepts.

August 16, 2010

As I may have mentioned, we have been doing research for a new book we are working on. In our quest for knowledge we have found some really interesting color related people, places and things.

Today I share a little color nugget about Max Factor.

“In 1920 Max Factor gave into Frank Factor’s suggestion and officially began referring to his products as “make-up” based on the verb, “to make up” (one’s face). Up until then the term “cosmetics” had been used as the term ‘”make-up” was considered to be used only by people in the theatre or of dubious reputation and not something to be used in polite society.

“Back in the 1930’s and 40’s, during the glory days of Hollywood, the world of movie make-up was dominated by none other than Max Factor.”

“Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, and virtually all of the major movie actresses were regular customers of the Max Factor beauty salon, located near Hollywood Boulevard.”

“The original Max Factor studio contained four special celebrity make-up rooms, each designed to bring out the best in women of a particular hair color: one room is labeled “For Blondes Only” (and is decorated in flattering shades of blue); other rooms are solely for redheads (done in mint green), brunettes (dusty rose pink), or brownettes (pale peach).”

August 13, 2010

The Boston Globe
The story of pink
Photographer Lisa Kessler unpacks the many meanings of a color
by Eugenia Williamson

Today Lee was a guest on NPR radio via the Seattle station KUOW. She was engaged in a lively discussion with the host, Ross Reynolds and photographer Lisa Kessler, who was engaged in a three year photographic search for all things Pink.

Here is a little excerpt on the history of pink that is quite fascinating done in a Q & A format from the article.

IDEAS: Is it true that pink started off as a boy’s color?

KESSLER: In the 19th century, babies were all dressed in white; it was much more important that babies be distinguished from adults, [and] whether you were a boy child or a girl child didn’t matter so much. Boys wore dresses, and little boys and girls were dressed alike. At the turn of the century, there were changes in dye and fabric technologies that made it possible to make more colors. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a big discussion about what color should be assigned to what gender. A lot of people felt — the quote comes from a Chicago trade journal — “Pink is for boys and blue is for girls.” Some people think it’s because red is a power color, and pink is a watered-down red. Blue was considered more dainty.

See more here [Boston Globe].

Hear the conversation KUOW.org

August 9, 2010

Does this picture look like it might have been taken in the Caribbean? This amazing looking discovery of colorful fruit was spotted by my son Ben, in the wilds of San Francisco, of all places.

This wildly stunning tree is called Arbutis unido or strawberry tree.

A quick Wikipedia search tells us that the Strawberry Tree is “native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland.”

“The fruit is edible, though many people find it bland and mealy; the name ‘unedo’ is explained by Pliny the Elder as being derived from unum edo “I eat one”, which may seem an apt response to the flavour.”

August 6, 2010

The influence of Mondrian

Over the past few months we have been doing research for a book that is a historical retrospective, of sorts. As we have been scouring through the past for inspiration we have stumbled onto some really incredible artists and designers who we feel deserve a special mention.

One in particular is Piet Mondrian. Mondrian gets our attention because of the simple quality and beauty of his work and for the ongoing impression that his art still has on design through the ages right into today.

As part of the art movement De Stijl (Dutch for “The Style”), works of art produced between 1917 to 1931 in the Netherlands. De Stijl was founded by Theo van Doesburg with Mondrian. De Stijl was a movement whose intent was based in “spiritual harmony and order”.

Let’s start with a few words and works by Mondrian himself.

“I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.”—Piet Mondrian

Composition with Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Gray

Tableau I: Lozenge with Four Lines and Gray

Mondrian influence in the 60s …

Yves Saint Laurent Day Dress

In the 70s…

Mickey Mondrian by Mick Haggerty

In the 80s…

And now…

La Roux “Bulletproof”

Sarah Schofield Mondrian Swim

There are many more that we didn’t show and I am sure there will be more to come.

Thank you, Piet Mondrian!

August 2, 2010

Chevy has come up with a new billboard campaign for Detroit residents.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…

This one is my favorite! It almost looks like an alien or Gremlin.

Click here for more


July 30, 2010

Lee is preparing for her upcoming talk at the WSA shoe show. Here is a little peek into some of the color trends she will address in her presentation.

“This is a palette that works off of neutrals,” says Eiseman. “That’s the practical aspect of it. We’ll see a deep graphite blue color and grays are the neutrals, but overall this palette relies on the hotter hues to infuse it with energy. People are being more practical, but they still want excitement. You can bring in yellow, orange or red, which gives energy to a more neutral shade. A good word to use for this palette is vibrant.”

“To me, this is one of the most interesting palettes, because it’s about the use of complementary colors. It really makes things vibrate. Still, a lot of the colors come out of nature. That’s the great instigator for color combinations. We’ve been on a nature kick for many years now, and we’re seeing that it’s not a fad. That’s a given. So if you tell people you’re using sustainable materials, but the product also has value and quality, you have lots going for you. In nature, you may see many different shades, but they do work together. If you look at a dahlia, the center is often a complement to the petals around it.”

“This palette isn’t as vibrant as Complementary or Focus. It’s more sophisticated and quiet, with colors equally divided between warm and cool shades. There are some sophisticated nuances. What this palette tells us, which is important to remember, is that it’s not all about warm tones for spring and summer.”

Don’t miss Leatrice Eiseman’s seminar, Warming Up: Pantone Color Trends for Spring/Summer ’11 and Beyond, at The WSA Show on Aug. 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The WSA Show is taking place in Las Vegas at The Venetian and Sands Expo from Aug. 9 – 11.

July 27, 2010

Oh yes, it is time for another turquoise sighting. This time it is in Gifts and Tablewares, an outlet for industry retailers focuses on why turquoise was chosen color of the year. Leatrice Eiseman is quoted extensively, explaining how consumer trends play into prevailing color choices. She states, “People crave escapism and freshness after a tough year. [Turquoise] is on the cusp of blue and green, which makes it both inviting and serene.”
I included the chandelier just because it is so beautiful!

July 23, 2010

Colour Quarterly
Issue 02
The Many Moods of Colour Part 01 by Leatrice Eiseman
Asian Paints
“The American Heritage Dictionary defines mood as a general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic: “an air, tone, atmosphere, aura…a feeling.” And feelings are described as “the effective state of consciousness resulting from emotions, sentiments or desires.”

“Colour, or the lack of it, is the vital conveyor of colour moods and catalysts to creating interior moods. From the moment you enter a space you are inundated with the sense of the colours surrounding you. It is the first thing you notice when you enter and the final message that you take away when you leave.”

“Whimsical is the fun-loving, free-spirited, joyful set of colour combinations, including the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and secondary colours (orange, green and purple) with lots of brights and contrast between colours. If you want your room to feel lighthearted, playful, capricious, and alive, or you are young at heart, no matter what your age, then these paint-box and candy colours will make you and yours feel happier than any other.”

“On a visit to the museum, do you instantly gravitate to seascapes? Do you long to live near the ocean or the sea? Could you gaze at breaking waves forever? If you want a Tranquil room that evokes the sound and sight of a babbling brook or languidly drifting in a canoe on the lake, sky and water colours are for you. This will be the kind of room that brings you instant solace.”

“Nurturing colours are snuggly baby blanket colours that take us back to the tender loving care of infancy when all of our needs were tended to and we hadn’t a care in the world. They are the fragile, soft, caring, tender tints that make us feel safe, snug and loved-pastels and softest yellows, peach, pink, and aqua-perfect for a cozy place that’s made for cuddling.”

July 19, 2010

True Colors
Summer 2010
Michelle Jacoby of Process magazine has a Q & A with Lee.

Q. Is conceptualizing and developing colors for graphic design and print different than it is for fashion and home? If so, how and why?

A. My specialty is the psychology of color and I believe that is what always plays to people’s emotions, no matter what the context. That is, red is going to excite and stimulate, no matter where and how it is used. Obviously, there are other factors that play into print and graphics, such as the importance of visibility in print that may not matter in intimate surroundings such as the home.

Q. Do people/consumers react to colors in such things as ads, billboards, brochures, packaging, etc. differently than they do in clothing and interiors?

A. Again, the inherent psychological messages are always present for each color family. For example, a picture of delicious mango ice cream on a printed page or in the packaging stimulates the appetite. That same appeal would hold true in the color of the dining room walls.

Q. When choosing colors for a designed piece, what is the one thing graphic designers need to remember?

A. What is the intended message and does the selection of color(s) best reflect that message? This is not about personal likes and dislikes, but what the best selection is for the intended usage.

July 16, 2010

Irma Hardisurya is an accomplished artist and personal color consultant in Indonesia. Irma took the More Alive With Color training several years ago and has a flourishing career that we think is worth note. So, today we want to share some of her beautiful works.
These are just a few of the paintings from Irma’s solo exhibition Realisme Romantik Kontemporer.
Thank you, Irma, for letting us share your art.

July 12, 2010

Color “Blindness” as it is termed can have several forms. Most often it occurs as a deficiency-an inability to see certain sets of opposing colors, red/green or yellow/blue. Rarely is one completely (1 in 30,000) blind to color, but there are individuals who see all objects in black, white or gray. It is called “monochromacy” and it is a genetic defect that is most likely a result of inbreeding.

In his book “The Island of The Colorblind”, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts a compelling tale.
“The island’s finest weaver was a colorblind woman, who had learned the craft from her mother, who was also colorblind. James took us to meet her; she was doing her intricate work inside a hut so dark we could hardly see anything after the bright sunlight. “As we adapted to the darkness, we began to see her special art of brightnesses, delicate patterns of differing luminances, patterns that all but disappear as soon as we took one of her mats into the sunlight outside.”
“…She had devised her own system for keeping track of the skeins of wool, by labelling them with numbers. The jacket had marvellous intricate patterns and images drawn from Norwegian folktales, he said, but since they were done in dim browns and purples, colors without much chromatic contrast, they were almost invisible to normal eyes. It is my special, secret art,” she says. ‘You have to totally colorblind to see it.'”
We encourage you to read this fascinating tale that took Dr. Sacks on a voyage of discovery. Although they are not about color, I found the two of Dr. Sacks’ other books equally fascinating. “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” and “Awakenings” that was ultimately done as a film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

July 9, 2010

One of our former Color/Design students, Rosanna Battista, who took our training program in Burbank this past January, shared with us the magnificent photos of fantastic colors that we wanted to share with you.
South West of Kunming in Yunnan (China)
A place in south west of Kunming, Capital city of Yunnan Province. It is located in the southwestern part of KUNMING, 2600 ft. Above sea level, a remote area.
The soil contains such components as oxidized Iron and other kinds of metallic minerals. After a long period of oxidation, gradually added and mixed in the soil, produced this extra-ordinary reddish brown soil.
Crops on the Red Land such as; potatoes, oats, corn and oil flower vegetables, different color crops so arranged, when looking from afar it seems like God painted them on a cloth so full of gorgeous color.
Different seasons, different time, different sunlight produce different kind of colors.
In September, white color oil flowers are in bloom on the whole mountain.
Lexiaguo is full of crops, its curves and lines were made so beautiful by the sunlight.
Thank you, Rosanna, for sharing these beautiful images!
July 5, 2010
For those who follow color blogs as we do, we have created some wonderful connections with other color enthusiasts. Today is another great posting from one of our Blogroll connections.

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Imprint|Expanding The Design Converstation
Jude Stewart

“Coloring is an inherently tongue-in-cheek activity: after all, it’s premised on the genteel fiction that an untalented amateur filling in the colors actually completes an artwork. Rightly or not, we’ve come a long way from the civilized era of Couleru’s 1860 coloring book Nouveau Cours Élémentaire de Coloris et d’Acquerelle.”
Thank you, Jude and Luxirare.
P.S. Who could resist a nibble from one of these colorful creations?

July 2, 2010

Cotton Incorporated
Lifestyle Monitor
Did you know?
We were going through our archives and stumbled onto this little gem while doing some research for an upcoming project.
Who doesn’t love a great t-shirt?
June 28, 2010

Colors For Your Every Mood
Chapter 10 Excerpt


Earthy and Real
Brown is the color of hearth and home-of dried herbs and stone-ground bread and freshly baked cookies. It represents all of the nurturing, life-sustaining, down-to-earth qualities of terra firma, the very shade of earth itself. Just as in the sturdy oak, brown represents roots, a steady, stable source of security, comfort, and normalcy.
It is the fertile soil that sustains growth and nourishment; the color of plowed earth, buckskin and rawhide, weathered redwood, bison and mustang, frontier land-rugged and outdoorsy. It is pine cone and bracken, chipmunk and acorn, beaver and doe, and all other manner of woodland inhabitants. Even in its more sumptuous state of fine suede and supple kid leather, brown is considered a classic shade of solid substance.

June 25, 2010

Several months ago, Jon Phillips, Mac|Life editorial director, asked for some advice in re-doing the colors in his San Francisco apartment and Pantone asked me to participate in the project.
The leading wall colors were a warm red and gray and with Jon’s great sense of humor and willingness to experiment, we thought it would be fun to share two of the whimsical touches that were included.

June 21, 2010

Real Simple
Energize your life
July 2010
The following are a few Bright Ideas we excerpted from the 25 Bright Ideas to Recharge Your Mood, Routine, and Rooms. We picked these for their simplicity.

1. Tackle a dreary, do-I-have-to-get-out-of-bed day with a burst of color.
The Morton Salt Girl got it right in her yellow raincoat. “There are days we need a shot of adrenaline before we even get out of bed, and colors can help with that”…”By surrounding yourself with bright colors-something as simple as an orange bathrobe or a yellow umbrella-you can give yourself that needed energy boost to face the day.” In general, saturated, warm colors (the red, orange, and yellow of ROY G BIV) are considered most energizing, while cool tones (like green, blue, indigo, and violet) are calming.

2. Get a whiff of citrus.
The smells of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits have been shown to be energizing, so simply add a slice or two of your favorite to a glass of water. Or introduce citrusy scents into your morning routine, since several major beauty brands-Suave, Dove, and Dial, to name a few-now offer citrus-infused, wake-up-the-body washes. For a quick midday refresher, moisten a cotton ball with a few drops of citrusy bergamot oil…and inhale.

June 18, 2010

The Boston Globe
It’s not easy wearing green
Beth Teitell

It’s terrific that the Celtics have made it to the NBA Finals, except for one thing. From a fashion perspective, the series poses a real challenge.

“Green is a tough color to pull off,’’ said Lauren Festa, 20, an Emerson College student, as Game 2 started on Sunday night. “I don’t want to go out to a bar and be the girl in that green shamrock shirt.’’

Waiting for friends outside the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, a sports bar in Brookline, she was dressed in barely fair-weather fan garb: cute blue jean shorts, yellow top, black tank.

The Red Sox and the Patriots are easier teams to support, she explained as her pal nodded. “You can look adorable in red or blue.’’

Megan McGregor, 22, a support analyst from Brighton, said she thought about wearing Celtics green and then thought better of it. “I like it as a color,’’ she said, sporting a pink headband, jeans, and a blue shirt, “but not to wear.’’ Kermit got it right. It’s not easy being green. It’s even harder to wear it.

Even the fashion director at Lilly Pulitzer, one of the country’s top purveyors of preppy green, acknowledged the, er, situation. “A little bit of green goes a long way,’’ said Jane Schoenborn.

The Lilly customer, she revealed, rarely chooses a green top to go along with her signature Lilly-printed skirts or pants. “Green is one of those colors that’s hard for us to sell on its own.’’

No less a color authority than Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, proclaims bright green “not an easy color to wear.’’

“It has a yellow base,’’ she explained, “and if you have very fair skin, then it is not going to be particularly flattering.’’

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been naming a “color of the year.’’ This year the group chose turquoise, because it reminds people of escaping to the tropics, and for its associations with protective talismans.

If the Celtics take this year’s title, could shamrock green take the color championship next year? Don’t bet on it. “Right now it’s not fitting into the zeitgeist,’’ Eiseman said, adding that the color is associated with leprechauns and “strange little creatures.’’

But colors, like teams, can surprise you. “Who knows?’’ she said, “in the next few years the whole thing could be surrealism,’’ in which case, the little creatures would fit right in.

Celtics fans don the green for game time. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File)

If there’s one tiny bit of good news, it’s that the Finals fall after Memorial Day, when it’s OK to wear white, said Karen Fabbri, owner of the Moxie shoe and handbag boutiques on Beacon Hill and in Wellesley. “You can do white skinny jeans,’’ she said, “and suddenly you look both fashionable and sporty.’’

Melissa Malamut, author of “She’s Got Game,’’ gives the green-averse permission to dress however they like: “I suggest wearing whatever makes you feel beautiful.’’ One plus with basketball, she added, is that “it’s the dressiest of all the major sports. It is the only sport you can get away with wearing high heels.’’

But it turns out that green, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Adidas reports that four of the 25 top-selling jerseys belong to Celtics players. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is tops, the Cavaliers’ (for now) LeBron James is second, followed by Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce’s shirts are eighth most popular, Rajon Rondo is 10th, and Ray Allen is 21st.

And, go figure, green Celtics jerseys outsell the white ones.

As Shawn McBride, a vice president at Ketchum Sports & Entertainment, put it: “The bottom line is, at this time of year, fashion becomes second to fandom.’’

June 14, 2010

P & L
Color Expressions
Spring/Summer 2010
“From relaxing to stimulating, and everything in between, color has the power to move us. Research, historical significance and word association studies have taught us that different cultures react to colors in different ways.”

“Edgar Cayce in his book Auras (Association for Research and Enlightenment, 1945) saw a blue aura as a natural emanation of the soul. He believed that deep blue and indigo implied a comprehension of the purpose in life.
Physiologically, the viewing of blue reduces blood pressure, heartbeat and respiration rate, and creates a calming effect.”

“No matter who you are, where or how you live; what your physical, mental and spiritual requirements–your environment is essential to your mental balance. Colors are the catalyst for feelings, molding moods and enhancing our lives.”–Leatrice Eiseman

June 11, 2010

Excerpt from
The Intellectual Devotional
American History
David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim

We were reading about brand identity and came upon this interesting “factoid” about Coke Red.

“John S. Pemberton, a patent medicine impresario, invented Coca-Cola in 1886. Patent medicines-drinks or pills that claimed to have miraculous medicinal powers-were common in the United States before the government began regulating pharmaceuticals, and Pemberton hoped to market his fizzy new beverage as a ‘brain tonic and intellectual beverage.’
The health benefits claimed by Pemberton were nonsense. However, customers in Atlanta loved his refreshing mixture of sugar, caffeine, and cocaine, and the drink sold well. In 1888, Pemberton sold the rights to his creation to an Atlanta pharmacist, Asa Griggs Candler, who quickly began marketing the beverage across the nation. By 1900, Coke was the most popular soft drink in most of the United States. Today, the Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest producer of soft drinks.
…Coke is now sold in virtually every corner of the world, even North Korea. On much of the Earth, the red and white Coca-Cola logo rivals the American flag as a symbol of the United States.”

June 7, 2010

Excerpts from Bower Play
Geoff Manaugh

“The bowerbird has literally made a name for itself constructing colorful tropical homesteads. Using flowers, feathers, fruit pulp, seeds, moss, snail shells, and just about anything else it can get its beak on, the male bowerbird displays an architect’s sense for assembling social space.”
“…some bowerbirds are even known to paint the inside walls of their ornamentally complex towers, roofed bridges, and display courts, using a ‘stain made from chewed plants, charcoal, and saliva.’ …’Males with high-quality bowers…and many decorations on their courts mate most often.’ Good design, in other words, get the chicks.”
“Using color to define or individualize space is clearly a strategy that crosses species lines, but exactly how color is used, and what specific colors might mean to those who use them, remains an open subject. Whether to attract, intimidate, soothe, or confuse, color is key to the decoration of space.”

June 4, 2010

Super Floral Retailing
June 2010
The American Floral trends Forecast
New Neutrals
“When it comes to color palette preferences, especially in home decor, there are those who prefer to avoid risk, with neutrals that don’t overpower and that partner with every accessory in the room. To some, it’s smart decorating, especially in times of uncertainty.”

“Therefore, color professionals agree that a return to neutrals is likely. ‘Historically,’ explains Leatrice Eiseman, well-known forecaster and head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, “when money is tight and there is a concern about the longevity of a given color, some people have a tendency to ‘play it safe.’ Neutrals, especially grays, will continue to be an important part of the decision-making process for items within the home.”

“While neutrals are safe, they won’t be bland for 2010 and beyond. Added to the established neutrals of white, black, gray, brown, navy, taupe and beige, a whole new palette of neutrals have hit the scene. ‘Some are tinged with green or blue, [a color such as] Champagne Beige adds a touch of luster-anew direction for neutrals,’ Ms. Eiseman elaborates.”
American Floral Trends is something Lee has contributed to for several years.

June 1, 2010

It is time for a few more of the turquoise sightings as it has been a little while since we have shared some. These are a few from Milan store fronts.
Has cleaning ever been so glamorous?
And one from New York…
May 28, 2010

In part two of our Dunn-Edwards Specs + Spaces feature, we take a look at artist Wyland, and his eco-contribution to Earth Day and the Long Beach Sports Arena.

specs + spaces
By Sara McLean
Painting the Earth
Long Beach sports Arena, Long Beach, CA
“Hailed a “Marine Michaelangelo” by USA Today, marine life artist Wyland is one of America’s most unique creative influences and a leading advocate for marine resource conservation.”
photos courtesy of Gary Firstenberg for the Wyland Foundation.
“To raise environmental awareness for earth Day, Wyland painted a depiction of the planet earth on the roof of the long Beach sports Arena, covering almost three acres with eco-efficient paint donated by Dunn-edwards. Wyland is careful to select colors that evoke a sense of wonder about the ocean and he’s very particular about getting them just right, right down to how they’ll look at different times of the day, at different angles of sunlight.”
photos courtesy of Gary Firstenberg for the Wyland Foundation.

May 24, 2010

Colorful intelligence for creative designs.TM
2010 Volume 5
Issue 1
Color: Earth’s natural healer
By Sara Mclean

We’ve all heard of environmentally friendly people. But what about people-friendly environments? The truth is, there’s more to Earth awareness than saving the rainforest, going vegetarian and recycling (although those are all good). One frequently overlooked aspect of environmentalism is right under our noses: the health of our immediate surroundings.
It’s an art almost forgotten — using color inspired by nature to enhance the spaces around us. The right hue can connect us to the earth and make us feel more grounded, give us energy or even help us sleep better. Once widely practiced, this holistic approach to healing through design has taken a backseat to fashion trends in the last several decades, but it is making a comeback.

“Looking back, the origins of color therapy stretch across continents and centuries — with striking similarities.
At a healing temple in Heliopolos, ancient egyptian patients were once treated in rooms designed to break up the sun’s rays into the colors of the spectrum. And, in ancient Greece, colored garments, oils, plasters, ointments and salves were used to treat a person based on the balance of four different bodily fluids (represented by yellow, red, white and black).
Further east, practices like Chinese medicine and Ayurveda used energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore balance. However, by the 19th century, a new medical philosophy took hold, and the concept of treating the whole person was lost. With drugs being used more to treat specific symptoms, color therapy’s popularity in Western civilization declined.
Today, a handful of designers are leading the way by creating spaces that take advantage of this ancient healing art. From healing centers like the Alicia surgical Center, to earth-friendly oceans of paint, to an energizing and vibrant YMCA, the next few case studies illustrate how an awareness of color is changing the look and function of our public and private spaces.”

Stay tuned for more information on a few of the people highlighted in this article….

May 21, 2010

Discovery Channel
Michael Reilly

The answer is a little more complicated than you may think. .
For the first two billion years of Earth’s history or so, the sky was probably orange. We’re not sure whether that’s really true — no one’s been able to hop in a time machine and go back and check — but based on what we know about the chemistry of that time period, there’s a good chance the atmosphere’s primary component was methane (CH4), which would’ve cast a strange pall over our young planet.
These days, the atmosphere is mostly nitrogen and oxygen. Sunlight is made up of all the colors of the rainbow (as well as many wavelengths we can’t see); as it jostles through air molecules, blue light is most efficiently reflected, so our eyes end up experiencing a beautiful azure shade.
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May 17, 2010

Harvard’s Natural Museum’s Multi-Hued Show
The world of multi-hued creatures never fails to amaze and amuse with its incessant and often clever usage of color. The Language of Color at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (a display that is no longer available for viewing) there were many examples of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and insects included, demonstrated and taught how certain specimens ward off danger, defy their predators and relentlessly attract the opposite sex.

Coral snakes advertise that they choose not to be eaten by wearing bright rings of color

Milk snakes adapt the same means of warning, even though they are not truly poisonous (but its a great way to get your enemies to think you are)!

Similarly many species of butterflies imitate their bad tasting relatives in their brilliant patternings of orange, yellow and black

Cuttlefish can change their colors to conform to their surroundings—effectively camouflaging themselves so that they can eat their would-be assailants.

Some species of mice adapt to their environment by being sand colored at the beach and earth colored if they live on the land.

Some species absorb pigment through the foods that they eat and metabolize, for example, the scarlet ibis, which eats crabs, and shrimps, which, in turn, eat red algae.

As vivid as a brightly colored parrot may appear to humans, they are even brighter to each other, as their perception of color allows them to see the ultraviolet spectrum

Microstructures in fur, feathers or scales reflect only certain wavelengths of color. Frogs are seen as green because they reflect blue light through yellow pigment.

The white hairs of a polar bear are clear, lacking the pigment to absorb wavelengths, or reflect certain wavelengths. As a result, they reflect back the entire spectrum, which results in our perception of the polar bear as white.

A male bird of paradise from New Guinea flashes much bolder colors than the females, in effort to attract. (The males of many species are often brighter than the female).

If a male parrotfish gets eaten, the dominant female changes her sex—and puts on his brilliant colors.
(Editors Note: Now that’s what we call “survival of the fittest!)

May 14, 2010

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May 10, 2010

Today has another turquoise article in Stationery Trends Spring 2010 issue.
The Color Wheel: Turquoise
A Talisman for the Times
Turquoise is a multi-functional salve in an uncertain world
Sarah Schwartz
When Pantone announces its color of the year, the whole world listens. This may be because the decision isn’t just based on fashion, but may be the psychology behind any given color.

“If you look into the use of turquoise in different cultures, it’s seen as a protective color particularly in turquoise jewelry, a talisman (in) Native American or Middle Eastern (cultures),” explained Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“We’re living in a scary world, and there is reason to seek solace and protection.”

Turquoise also promises escape. “If you show people a turquoise clutch, they’ll say, ‘that’s a wonderful ocean in the tropics I would love to immerse myself in.’ “
Turquoise is a logical evolution to green. “Greens for many years have represented environmentalists. To get a newer take, veer to the blue side, and that issues new frontiers. The galaxies are filled with surfaces where turquoise takes on a reflective quality, or if you think of mining in the ocean, you’ll see finishes of that color.”
Turquoise also has a nostalgic element, for many evoking 1950s cars with fins. Color combinations update it, Eiseman said. “Turquoise traditionally has been used with brown or navy blue, but now you’re seeing more complex combinations,” she noted, “(like) turquoise with tomato red, or turquoise with eggplant.”
As to how long turquoise will endure, Eiseman doesn’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. “A few years ago we could peg how long a color would live in the marketplace, but that has changed. Trends have slowed down. Colors used to come in for a couple of seasons and then they were gone. (Now) people discover a color, are slow to adapt in the beginning and then decide that it’s cool, and they’re not willing to give it up.”

May 7, 2010

Excerpted from More Alive With Color
Are there any rules for appropriate shoe and sock colors for men?
Shoes: Unless you are wearing white or light sneakers with really casual clothing, the best rule of thumb for business wear is a shoe that is darker than your pants. The basics are black and brown, with colors like Oxblood Red (a deepened reddish brown) running a close third. This is the choice that is generally available in men’s leather goods, such as a briefcases and belts. Belts and shoes should match, again, to create a visual connection.
Socks: Most fashion authorities agree that a man’s socks should match, blend, or relate to tie color. For example, a Ruby Wine and Silver Gray striped tie worn with Maroon socks. Bright red socks would be a bit much so a deep shade of wine is a better choice, yet it still remains within the red color family. Another example is a Sky Blue and Light Taupe tie worn with True Navy socks. Sky Blue is related to True Navy and light blue socks would really be geeky! Light socks give a casual look to an outfit, so they are not appropriate for business wear. You are always “safe” with darker sock colors. If you are not wearing a tie, socks should match the shoes.

May 3, 2010

The following is an excerpt from Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? by David Feldman

Why Do Nurses Wear White? Why Do Surgeons Wear Blue or Green When Operating?

Florence Nightingale always wore a white uniform. White, of course, is a symbol of purity, and in the case of a nurse, an appropriate and practical one-white quickly shows any dirtiness.
Surgeons also wore white until 1914, when a surgeon decided that red blood against a white uniform was rather repulsive and needlessly graphic. The spinach green color he chose to replace it helped neutralize the bright red.
At the end of World War II, the lighting was changed in operating rooms, and most surgeons switched to a color called “misty green.” Since about 1960, most surgeons have used a color called “seal blue,” which contains a lot of gray. Why this latest switch? According to Bernard Lepper, of the Career Apparel Institute of New York City, seal blue shows up better on the TV monitors used to demonstrate surgical techniques to medical students.
April 30, 2010

Today’s blog entry is our attempt to combat the gray weather we have been having here in the Northwest. We needed a little perking up so I will share an excerpt from Colors For Your Every Mood on Yellow.


Energy and Life

Give any child a piece of paper and a yellow crayon and immediately there appears a drawing of the sun, complete with little yellow rays sparkling optimistically around a big vibrant yellow circle. Child and adult alike feel cheered and comforted when enveloped in sunshine. We instinctively lift our faces to the sun, just as the buttercups and daffodils do.

From the beginning of time, humans have worshipped the golden glow of the sun. The association of yellow to the sun is universal. For many ancient civilizations, yellow and its glimmering sister of gold were deified and sacred. Because of their proximity to the heavens, these colors signified divine love and enlightened human understanding.

Artful Yellow

Goethe spoke of yellow as the color closest to light. He saw its purity as symbolizing brightness, cheer, and a stimulating character. “Experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression. With yellow the eye rejoices, the heart expands, the spirit is cheered and we immediately feel warmed. Many people feel an inclination to laugh when looking through a yellow glass” (Theory of Colors, Wolfgang von Goethe 1840).

Yellow’s Messages

Throughout history, there are people who have claimed to see auras or an astral light that emanates from all living creatures. When yellow is seen radiating from the body, especially a golden yellow, it is thought to indicate an intellectual mind. In Jungian psychology, yellow stands for intuition, for “comprehension in a flash of light,” People who are drawn to yellow are often insightful and intuitive (Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung 1964).

I feel better already!

Bring on the SUN!!!!

April 27, 2010

Lee has just returned from Milan, Italy where she attended the International Furniture Fair (Salon de Moblier). She stayed in Como, a picturesque, but still fashionable town on the shores of Lake Como (perhaps better known for sightings of George Clooney who owns a home there!) Her official photographer, Herb Eiseman took some images worth noting.
This “performance artist” in Como makes himself a windblown appearance by wearing a wig that looks like his hair has been tousled by the wind. He has wired his tie and jacket bottom so that they look like they were caught by a heavy breeze. He stretches his leg to an impossibly long “walking” position and freezes his pose. There isn’t a twitch to be seen. Incredible. He invited me to stand next to him while he “walked in the wind”. Note that he was wearing one of the color families that is greatly popular as a fashion statement in Italy (and elsewhere) this season–the purples and lavenders. Another popular color gracing Lake Como’s windows is Pantone’s color of the year–Turquoise.
April 23, 2010

In celebration of Earth Day we were sent an interesting link to a story from the Huffington Post called Earth Day 2010: 9 reasons Why Blue is The New Green. Not exactly a color story but thought provoking none the less and riveting to think about how much of the globe is covered in water.
Have you ever gone to the ocean and felt a sense of peace or a oneness with nature? Perhaps it is because humans have similar saline proportions as the ocean.

A little something I found from Salt: In the Oceans and in Humans by Prentice K.Stout from Rachel Carson, in her book The Sea Around Us, “When the animals went ashore to take up life on land, they carried part of the sea in their bodies, a heritage which they passed on to their children and which even today links each land animal with its origins in the ancient sea.”
To quote from Color: Messages and Meanings on the color blue. “Long associated with the serenity of a clear, cloudless blue sky reflecting over a calm sea, the light, mid and deep blues bring a feeling of respite and introspection-a quiet, cool permanence. The human mind embraces the concept of blue as tranquil and constant and translates it into a symbolic image of dependability and loyalty.”
It is no wonder why large numbers of people say that blue is their favorite color.

April 19, 2010

I am not sure exactly that this story can count as a turquoise sighting but Iam going to log this entry under that title anyway. The object of our attention this week is the beautifully colorful river kingfisher.

National Geographic
Alcedo atthis (also known as the Eurasian, European, or river kingfisher) has inspired many an obsession. In the world’s temperate zones, where drab plumage is the norm, this kingfisher, unlike its North American cousins, bedazzles. Slicing the air like a turquoise missile, it is impossible to disregard.
The yellow, red, orange, and brown birds of the world assume their hues because of a pigment embedded in the keratin matrix of feathers. But blue feathers result from refraction, a prism-style splitting of light inside a feather. Under a microscope each long kingfisher barb, finer than a human hair, glitters with shades of the Caribbean. Tiny structures in the feathers choreograph incoming light, reflecting sapphire in one direction, emerald in another.
Alas, beauty can be a curse. At times, kingfisher feathers have achieved the status of gemstones, silk, and spices. A third-century Chinese text describing Western cultures included a list of treasures that might be extracted from the Roman Empire: ivory, gold, carnelian, pearls, kingfisher feathers. Over the course of 2,500 years, the Chinese fashion industry plucked an inconceivable number of birds from the forests of Asia. In an art form called tian tsui, or dotting with kingfishers, craftsmen applied the shimmering feathers to jewelry, fans, privacy screens, and landscape panels. Entire quilts were reportedly transformed into blue-green seascapes. Korean royalty shared the passion, which finally faded in the early 1900s.
April 16, 2010

Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?
An imponderables book
David Feldman

Submitted by John Branden, of Davis, California. Thanks also to: Maya Vinarsky, of Los Angels, California; Sean Gayle, of Slidell, Louisiana; Eddie Haggerty, of Waseca, Minnesota; William Debovitz, of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Why Do Traffic Signals Use Red, Yellow, and Green Lights? Why Is the Red Light on Top, Green Light on the Bottom, and Yellow Light in Between?

Traffic signals actually predate the existence of the automobile. One was installed outside of the British Parliament in 1868. This signal (and some early American variations) had two semaphore arms, like a railroad signal, that acted as a physical impediment to oncoming traffic.

The English device was designed to control the flow of pedestrians, and some feature was needed to make it functional at night. The easiest solution was to adapt the system used for railroad signals-red and green gas lamps would signify when one could proceed (green) or had to stop (red). This British prototype wasn’t a rousing success-it blew up shortly after its introduction, killing a London policeman.

A lively controversy has developed over where the first modern traffic signal designed to control automobile traffic was in use. Although Salt Lake City and St. Paul lay claim to the crown, the green-red signal installed on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914 is generally credited with being the first.

Although the traffic signal’s colors might have been arbitrarily lifted from the railroad’s, there is an important safety reason for the consistency of the configuration today. As recently as the 1950s, many traffic signals, especially in busy urban intersections, were displayed horizontally rather than vertically. The current vertical design with red on top was adopted in order to aid color-blind individuals who might be confused by different layouts. According to Eugene W. Robbins, president of the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association, the red in traffic signals has some orange in it and the green has some blue in order to make it even easier for the color blind to distinguish them.
April 12, 2010

Wired Magazine

In 1969 MoMA featured artist Tom Shannon’s cyborg robot flower that gyrated when touched. Since then Shannon has delighted audiences with sculptures of magnet and metal which hover in the air. Today, Tom Shannon is using new technology to create his art. Using pendulum, pigment and six radio-controlled spray guns, Shannon is creating another way to interpret the natural world.

“The pendulum lets me step outside to observe nature as it produces layer after layer of detail.”

“The process is full of surprises,” says Shannon.

….Yes, but is it art?

April 9, 2010

My son, Ben, brought my attention to a quote from a book titled “Impro” written by the English improv expert and author, Keith Johnstone. “As I grew up, everything started getting grey and dull. I could still remember the amazing intensity of the world I’d lived in as a child, but I thought the dulling of perception was an inevitable dim. I didn’t understand that clarity is in the mind.”–Keith Johnstone
Simultaneous Open Windows
Robert Delaunay

“I’ve since found tricks that can make the world blaze up again in about fifteen seconds, and the effects last for hours. For example, if I have a group of students who are feeling fairly safe and comfortable with each other, I get them to pace about the room shouting out the wrong name for everything that their eyes light on. Maybe there’s time to shout out
ten wrong names before I stop them. Then I ask whether other people look larger or smaller. ‘Do the outlines look sharper or more blurred?’ I ask, and everyone agrees that the outlines are many times sharper. What about the colours?’ Everyone agrees there’s far more colour, and that the colours are more intense. Often the size and shape of the room
will seem to have changed, too. The students are amazed that such a strong transformation can be effected by such primitive means; and especially that the effects last so long. I tell them that they only have to think about the exercise for the effects to appear again.”-Ben Eiseman

April 5, 2010

Suzie’s Color Advice
As I was looking through some monetary advice articles from the financial guru Suzie Orman, my eyes lit on an a piece that offered some practical suggestions regarding home colors.

A couple wrote in to Suzie asking about the colors to use in their “dream house”. They said the master bedroom was “a nightmare” and their friends (not always the best advisors on color, as they often have their own biases that might not be relevant) told them to re-do the room in all white as it would be most appealing for re-sale. But the personal feelings of the couple seeking advice reflected that they were that they were “desperate for color” and actually wanted colorful mosaic floors, cheerful shower tiles and a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom. They asked Suzie what she would suggest for color and how much money they should invest in an upgrading a bathroom.

Suzie’s response was:
“The further away you get from neutral tones on the color wheel, the greater the chance that your ideal bathroom will be a turnoff for potential buyers. But before I give you the “beige is best” line, let’s talk about your plans for the future. The length of time you expect to occupy the house should determine how much attention you need to pay to resale value. If this is your dream house, and you’re there to stay, then make it a home you love! If you plan on living in the house for 20 years, whatever remodeling you do now will probably be out-of-date by the time you’re ready to move; the work’s resale value is going to be diminished by time if not by taste.”
“If you’re going to move on in a few years, then yes, you should renovate with an eye toward resale. You definitely want your home to appeal to the widest number of potential buyers. And for that, middle-of-the-road neutrals are the way to go. The good news is that, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report,” homeowners can typically expect to recoup more than 92% of the cost of an upscale bathroom remodeling job when they sell. But as I mentioned before, the further away from neutral colors you go, the lower the probability that you’ll get close to $9 back for every $10 you spend. You can find plenty of ways to incorporate color without imposing your taste on any future buyer. Rather than opting for color in the mosaic and tiles, which are permanent, what about settling for more neutral tones there and bringing in bursts of color with your accessories and fixtures? I’m thinking about the towels, the lighting fixtures, the artwork, etc. When you’re ready to sell, it won’t bust the budget to convert all those color touches to neutrals.

Now let’s talk about your budget. If you’re expecting to move in a few years, you obviously don’t want to spend more than you can easily recoup. What you want to avoid is creating the most expensive house on your block. It’s far better to have a nice house on an even nicer block. That way, when you decide to resell it, your home will be seen as a terrific value”
Suzie has a good point in choosing the neutral colors and accessorizing in color for a quick turn-around in selling a house. But for the longer haul, colors should be chosen that fit the owners’ comfort level. And this is their “dream house”—so do they plan on moving all that quickly? I would think not. In saying they were “desperate for color’ that is telling me that they really long for the emotional satisfaction that color gives them and for that reason, should go with the colors that speak to them. People often buy a home based on emotional response and using the colors creatively and gives them satisfaction will also speak to potential buyers when the time come to sell.
April 2, 2010

Sharp once again demonstrates its leadership in LED LCD TVs with its groundbreaking Quattron quad pixel Technology. For the very first time, yellow has been added to the conventional red, green and blue color filter, enabling more colors to be displayed. Introducing never-before-seen colors to LCD TVs, like sparkling golds, Caribbean blues and sunflower yellows without overdriving the panel. Sharp is redefining the way we see LED LCD TV.


March 29, 2010

How Bees See the World
Tudor Vieru

“Scientists have known for some time now that bees see the world about five times faster than humans do. However, details of this ability have been scarce, until recently. Researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London, in the United Kingdom, managed to infer that these insects have the fastest color vision in the animal world, given the speed at which they fly. Bumblebees are apparently best at it, being able to navigate all manner of obstacles with ease, PhysOrg reports.”

“Some of the evolutionary reasons for why this trait developed is the fact that they need to escape predators, which are oftentimes larger and better equipped than they are. Additionally, some species only mate in mid-air, and sight plays a crucial role in this. What researchers were really interested in knowing about bees was whether the full-color vision that the creatures evidenced was able to keep up with their amazing flight speed. The new investigation suggests that, though the bumblebees’ vision is slower than the actual flight, it’s still about twice as fast and efficient as that of humans.”


March 26, 2010

With thoughts of Spring ahead we are thought it pertinent to share an article from the garden with our fearless leader.

The Washington Post
The Forecast Calls for Periwinkle
Denise DiFulco

Leatrice Eiseman had an unusually colorful upbringing in her family’s Baltimore rowhouse. Each spring, while other homemakers of the 1950s were scrubbing walls, Eiseman’s mother would repaint them. Her idea of freshening up the house for the new season was to wash each room in a new hue. She’d even paint the family’s piano.

“We had a green piano, a pink piano, we had a red piano one year, a plum piano,” Eiseman says. “You name it, we had every color imaginable on that old upright. When we moved out of that house, I laughed and said to the movers, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to be able to pick this piano up. There’s three tons of paint on the outside.'” Eiseman inherited her mother’s obsession and then some, turning a passion for color into a lucrative career as one of the world’s leading color consultants.

Eiseman says many factors are involved in forecasting color trends, from such abroad indicators as the state of the economy and pressing social issues of the day to the more fleeting fashion of popular culture, such as best-selling books and traveling museum exhibits. Eiseman regularly checks out Variety magazine to find out what movies are in production years in advance.

In addition to advising industry on what colors will be most palatable to shoppers, Eiseman is also recognized for her ability to translate the language of color for consumers.

One of her books is a compilation of the questions she has been most frequently asked. Want to know what colors appear neutral on walls without having to resort to beige or gray?’She recommends greens and taupes.

Wondering wether babies really cry more in yellow rooms?

No, she says; in fact, yellow is associated with warmth and cheer. Trying to tempt a balky eater? Serve foods that are red, orange or yellow green.

For those who are intimidated by color or choosing colors, Eiseman’s book provides plenty of reassurance, including a quiz to help readers determine their color preferences.

“Color has an enormous emotional impact on us, ” she said during a phone interview from her home outside Seattle. “And in the home it is so important because our home is our haven. It is the place where we express ourselves.”

Eiseman’s first book focused on using color in dressing and decorating, says Kathleen Hughes the former marketing director for her first book.

“She knows so much about color and she’s able to organize it so that the normal consumer, who might be overwhelmed by all the choices, has a way of applying color in their lives easily,” said Hughes.

And today, there are many more color choices in consumer products than there used to be. When Eiseman began consulting, consumers were less accustomed to having a lot of color options; they rarely questioned the avocado appliances and harvest gold shag rugs manufacturers put before them.

These days, she said, shoppers demand more options, and the home industry in particular has responded. Although many people are more receptive to using color in their homes, there are still some folks who are borderline chromophobics.

“I believe a lot of it depends on how you were raised and if you were raised at a time when there were more rigid color concepts,” Eiseman said. If you want to invite color into your home, but aren’t sure where to begin,Eiseman suggest starting by thinking about your favorite colors.”Really look at the color,” she said. “What’s the first word that pops into your mind?” Your responses will tell you a lot about the associations you make with particular colors and why you like them. Whether those shades are right for your home is another question.

“Think about what it is that you want your home to evoke,” she said. “What kind of feeling do you want to get when you open that door at night and come inside the house?”

For those who want to revive the look of their homes without making radical changes, Eiseman suggests trying different shades of the colors you already have. “Instead of doing the same red, white and blue theme,” she said, try a claret red instead of a burgundy, or a royal blue instead of navy blue.” And, she said, don’t worry about whether your best friend or your mother will like the colors you pick. “My message to people is: Do what pleases you and your immediate family.”

The last place you might expect to find someone with such an affinity for color is under the relentlessly gray skies of the Seattle area, but that is where Eiseman lives with her husband, Herb, a music publisher, in a bright red contemporary farmhouse on Bainbridge Island. She says overcast days provide the perfect neutral backdrop for her work: “Here you really get a true rendition of color.”

Her desk is set next to a north-facing window because northern light is the least diffused by the sun and the best light by which to do her work(something to keep in mind when you’re trying to gauge the color of a new outfit or matching fabrics and paint at the home, she advises. The house itself is bathed almost entirely in shades of yellow, which she recommends for their welcoming effect and strongly suggests for anyone who lives in a climate where there isn’t a lot of sunlight.

Her bedroom, with deep periwinkle walls, is the exception. “Blue has a calming effect, which is great in a bedroom for obvious reasons,” she said.”I chose a periwinkle, which has a little warmth to it. It makes it a little bit happier than a cold, sterile blue.”

Remembering her childhood bedroom, particularly during its red-and-black period, Eiseman is grateful for the freedom her mother gave her in decorating. “You can see I really became a free spirit because I did not have a mother who said, ‘Oh no,’ ” she said.

March 22, 2010

Color for Bead Artists
Exploring the good, the bad, and the beautiful of color
Excerpt from: Project Runway Judges: Do You Know Color?
Margie Deeb

March 4, 2010

“In the Feb. 18, 2010 episode of Project Runway guest judge Tory Burch said “I’m not sure that blue and orange are that complementary, do you think so?” Heidi, Michael, and Nina (the show’s regular judges) agreed with her. Maybe Tory meant “I’m not sure that blue and orange are that complimentary, do you think so?”

In either case she–and they–are wrong. And it irks me that fashion designers don’t take the time to understand how colors interact with one another. Blue and orange are complementary: they visually complete each other. Blue and orange are also complimentary: conveying a compliment, something that is flattering.”


I wrote to Leatrice Eiseman, a color specialist and prime consultant to Pantone, Inc., because I value her opinion. I wanted to know her thoughts on people in color-dependent careers not understanding color, which is the essence of my issue. Read what Lee wrote to me:

“I couldn’t agree more with your comments about the lack of color education,even from those people we would expect more of! I have consistently told my students (or anyone who cares to listen to my rantings) that there is a difference, for example, between the word “complimentary” (with an “I”) and complementary(with an “e”) and you have stated it very well in your response to the Project Runway faux pas.

What is even more astounding is that Tory Burch would raise the issue of “I don’t think that orange and blue are that complimentary’. First of all, what arbitrary rules is she using? And would that mean in every single usage of pairing orange and blue, she considers they would not be complimentary? It is what I refer to as the “sweeping generality” that you so often hear about color. Who decreed that those two colors do not compliment each other (with an “I”) or do not “look good together”? Especially anyone who has studied the color wheel and does understand, in fact, that orange and blue are complementary (with an e). As you stated so aptly in your blog— they “complete’ each other as they are opposites on the wheel.

Another very important point is: What shade of either of the color families is she referring to? What about terra cotta and turquoise blue? Or peach and periwinkle? Or ultramarine and coral, not to mention any shade of denim blue with any shade of orange? Do they not both complement and compliment?

Lastly, after many years of teaching, consulting, researching, forecasting and writing books on color, I am the last person to say that artists and designers should not use their own “instincts” in putting colors together. But we all need to continue our color education, to open ourselves to learning more that might provide an impetus —a “jumpstart’ to inspiring new or interesting or intriguing ways of combining colors.”

Lee’s books and work have been an inspiration to me for many years. I love her approach to color and her humor and spirit.

March 19, 2010

Excerpt from Color your World
April 2010

Find your best colors

Not sure if a shade is right for you? Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute, suggests this quick and easy trick: Next time you go shopping, grab three or more sweaters in the same color family(e.g., mint green, emerald, and olive) and hold them next to your face(by a mirror in natural light is always preferred). One of the hues will inevitably stand out as a winner, bringing out the natural glow of your skin as well as the intensity of your hair and eyes. If you are stuck between two choices, ask a friend to weigh in. Repeat for all colors until you get a sense of the five or six that complement you best, and then stick to them.

Along with this tidbit of information is a REALLY BIG turquoise sighting and a few other ones as well.

Our REALLY BIG turquoise sighting happens on oprah.com. Our fearless leader did an interview with Lisa Capretto called Touched by Turquoise.

Go to oprah.com to check it out!

Turquoise in magazine ads….

One of the many perks of being a color forecaster is consulting. This is the 2010 logo for Noecon, can you guess who helped come up with the color scheme?

Turquoise in a Logo

Turquoise in a match made in fashion heaven!

March 16, 2010

Breaking from Tradition:  The Green-y Yellow Golf Ball

In the recent World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. South African golfer, Tim Clark, used a limey-yellow golf ball. The attending gallery had some rude comments about the non-traditional color. Not deterred by the remarks, Clark continued to use the ball throughout the tournament, despite his third round loss to Sergio Garcia.

Clark said that he decided to stick with that color as he can “follow it easier in the sky, and it tracks great on the greens” he added that “It’s a great feeling ball, too. I’ve been hitting it longer with it.”

Clark’s sponsor, Srixon, released its Z-Star and Z-Star X Tour yellow golf balls just a few weeks ago. The company’s website states: “Science has proven that yellow is the most visible color in the visual spectrum, and psychology has correlated green with calming and stress relief.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself(and often do).

March 12, 2010

NEW SCIENTIST Magazine issue 2723
Winners wear red: How colour twists your mind
Daniel Elkan

IMAGINE you are an experienced martial arts referee. You are asked to score a number of taekwondo bouts, shown to you on video. In each bout, one combatant is wearing red, the other blue. Would clothing colour make any difference to your impartial, expert judgement? Of course it wouldn’t.

Yet research shows it almost certainly would. Last year, sports psychologists at the University of Münster, Germany, showed video clips of bouts to 42 experienced referees. They then played the same clips again, digitally manipulated so that the clothing colours were swapped round. The result? In close matches, the scoring swapped round too, with red competitors awarded an average of 13 per cent more points than when they were dressed in blue (Psychological Science, vol 19, p 769). “If one competitor is strong and the other weak, it won’t change the outcome of the fight,” says Norbert Hagemann, who led the study. “But the closer the levels, the easier it is for the colour to tip the scale.”

This is just the latest piece of research suggesting that exposure to certain colours can have a significant effect on how people think and act. Up to now most of the research has focused on red clothing in sport, but other colours and settings are being investigated too. It is becoming clear that colours can have an important, unappreciated effect on the way your mind works – one that you really ought to know about.

The powerful influence of colour on sporting success was first discovered a few years ago, when evolutionary anthropologists Russell Hill and Robert Barton of Durham University, UK, were looking for some way to test the idea that colours influence human behaviour. The 2004 Athens Olympics were coming up, and it dawned on them that in some Olympic combat sports – boxing, taekwondo, Graeco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling – competitors are randomly assigned a red or blue kit. “We realised that this was a ready-made experiment to study the effects of colour on match outcome,” Barton says.

When they analysed the results they found that shirt colour appeared to influence the result, with nearly 55 per cent of bouts being won by the competitor in red. In closely fought bouts it was 62 per cent (Nature, vol 435, p 293). “It should have been roughly 50 per cent red, 50 per cent blue, and this was a statistically significant deviation,” Barton says. “Skill and strength may be the main factors – if you’re rubbish, a red shirt won’t stop you from losing, but when fights were relatively symmetrical, colour tipped the balance.”

Barton says that the differences may be accounted for, to some extent, by a referee’s unconscious preference for red – which he argues is an inherited preference – as seen in the taekwondo experiment. He also believes colour affects the combatants’ mood and behaviour. “There is now good experimental evidence that red stimuli are perceived as dominant and that they cause negative effects on performance in those viewing them,” Barton says. “It is plausible that wearing red also makes individuals feel more confident, although this hasn’t yet been tested.”

There is now good evidence that the colour red is perceived as dominant.

Red also appears to exert its influence in team games. Last year, a study of 56 seasons of English soccer, led by Martin Attrill at the University of Plymouth, UK, found that, on average, teams whose first-choice kit was red finished higher in the league and won more home games than teams in other colours – which might go some way to explaining why Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have won 38 out of 63 league titles between them since the second world war (Journal of Sports Sciences, vol 26, p 577).

An unpublished analysis by Hill and Barton of the Euro 2004 soccer finals in Portugal found that teams who had red as the main colour in one of their kits won more often and scored more goals when playing in that strip.

Meanwhile, a group led by Iain Greenlees at the University of Chichester, UK, found that goalkeepers felt more confident about saving penalties from footballers wearing white shirts rather than red (Journal of Sports Sciences,vol 26, p 569).

Clearly the effect of wearing red is strong enough to tip the balance of fights and soccer matches, but where did it originate?

One possibility is that red is simply easier to see than other colours. In common with other primates, humans have a trichromatic visual system which probably evolved to allow us to easily see red (therefore ripe) fruit.

“It is plausible that visibility differences could have some effects,” Barton says, though this would be unlikely to make a difference in hand-to-hand combat. “We checked this explanation in football, predicting that red-shirted football teams would have increased accuracy in passing. But we find no such effect. So visibility doesn’t seem to be the answer.”

March 8, 2010

Excerpted from Psychology Today

Can Dogs See Colors?

Dogs are not as colorblind as you think.

So…Can dogs see color?

The short answer is yes. It is just that the colors they see are not as vibrant.

Dogs don’t see colors as we see them because of the number of cones in their eyes. Most human beings have three different kinds of cones (light catching cells which respond to color) allowing them to see a wider spectrum of colors. Dogs have two cones, a trait they share with the colorblind. With one missing cone fewer colors in the spectrum are seen. The story is consistent from human to dog.

Dr. Jay Neitz at the University of California, Santa Barbara has tested the color vision of dogs and was able to confirm that dogs DO see in the color spectrum of yellow, blue and gray.

Noodles the Eiseman’s cute doodle!


March 5, 2010

The Wall Street Journal
Disney Invites “Goths” to the Party
Ethan Smith

Disney, the company that created “the happiest place on earth” and cornered the market on pink, is embracing a darker aesthetic as it reaches out to an unlikely audience for new merchandise: female “goths.”

Image courtesy of Hot Topic

In the run-up to the March 5 opening of director Tim Burton’s movie “Alice in Wonderland,” Walt Disney Co.’s consumer-products division is aiming its marketing firepower at young women and teenage girls, particularly those who gravitate to darkly romantic entertainment like the “Twilight” series.

While the movie itself is aimed at a much wider audience, ground zero of the marketing effort is Hot Topic Inc., a mall-based retail chain that is a shopping destination for 12-to-22-year-old goths, whose favorite color tends to be black, whether for clothes or makeup.

Disney has licensed an extensive line of clothing and accessories to Hot Topic’s 680 locations. The selection includes a black shackle bracelet for $10.

The approach represents a twist on Disney’s successful strategy of turning its “princess” movies into merchandizing juggernauts. What’s distinctive about the new initiative is the target audience. Disney Consumer Products Chairman Andy Mooney says the buyers of “Alice” merchandise are “definitely more 18 to 34 than our traditional 6 to 11.”

Some of the prices are more grown-up, too. Designer Stella McCartney will have jewelry inspired by the movie in her boutiques and items designed by Tom Binns will be for sale at Macy’s and specialty stores. Mr. Binns’s “Smashing Time” tea party necklace comprising dozens of tiny ceramic cups and teapots is listed at $1,000.

Hot Topic has redesigned the interior of one Los Angeles store as a miniature Wonderland, replete with oversized toadstools and rabbit hole-style entryway from the third level of the Hollywood & Highland mall.

Other locations are using window decals and displays of T-shirts, hats and jewelry inspired by the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen and other characters. The chain rolled out its “Alice” displays just after Thanksgiving, taking over prime display real estate previously held by promotional merchandise for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

Image courtesy of Hot Topic

In targeting such a wide range of price points, the “Alice” campaign is expanding a tactic developed for the high-end “Disney Couture” and “Disney Signature” lines. Several years ago, the company licensed Mickey Mouse to Dolce & Gabbana for a line of high-end T-shirts that were sold in fashion-forward stores like Colette in Paris. Mass-market retailers such as Carrefour carried lower-priced versions.

Marketing to goths might not be as much of a stretch for Disney as it seems at first blush. The company has a perennial business selling merchandise associated with “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the dark-hued 1993 animated film written by Mr. Burton.

Disney has hopes that “Alice” will inspire similar repeat business in the springtime.

“If higher-end designers are on it,” says Mr. Mooney, “the chances are that the aesthetic will live on for a couple years.”

***I am going to add the Cheshire Cat Wallet to our turouise sightings list!****

March 3, 2010

I met Lee when I was taking a break from my work as an interior designer. She was teaching a class in Los Angeles involving personal image and psychology, and after a little gentle arm-twisting convinced me that I should take the color/image class she was starting. Lee reminded me that fashion, as interior design, involved color, line and design and that I’d be ahead of the game.

That certainly sounded wonderful, and after her initial class I took her corporate class and found myself lecturing on color, image and interiors to corporations and organizations, as well as working with individuals. More recently, I’ve taken her on-line color image class and re-certified.

As we well know, we are subliminally swayed in stores, homes and offices not only by the display or furniture placement but also, and with the most impact, by color. There are public or home spaces that create such a welcoming effect that we don’t want to leave, and in a store that can result in more sales.

Often people (especially women) will reach in their closets for an outfit (men don’t wear “outfits”, as my husband tells me) in a color they “need” that day–usually without realizing it. The color they choose may fit their mood, and will also create an effect on the people looking at them.

By re-entering the color/image field, I’ve been able to realize my goal of offering these services not only to women who can easily afford them, but also to women who normally wouldn’t dream of being able to have this benefit.

When women see their true beauty through individual color analysis and wardrobe reorganizing, their self-confidence rises, and it reflects in all areas of their lives. As an added benefit in today’s depressed economy, there is money saved by wardrobe analysis and by combining usable clothing in the closet into new outfits. The “needs” list also limits impulse buying.

My clients and I have so much fun, and their appreciation is so apparent in their words and smiles. There is a special kind of reward that comes from seeing the joy in women’s faces when they themselves recognize the beauty that I see in them.

Betsy Epstein


March 1, 2010

Among the many articles she has written, Marylou Luther writes a wonderfully helpful article that answer reader questions about many phases of fashion. It is called “Clothesline’.  I am always delighted when Marylou uses me as her color resource as we met in my early days of color consulting when she was fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times and came to hear me explain my color concepts in a California classroom. We have come a long way since then, especially as Marylou received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and letters from the French government’s Ministry of Culture in 2008.

The award recognizes “eminent artists and writers, and people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.” Recent American recipients of the award include Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Viva la Marylou!!

A reader recently asked Marylou about a new color for the spring season,as she was about to shop for a dress. She stated that she had a medium to dark complexion. The following is an excerpt from her response:

A splash of yellow offers reassurance in uncertain times

As color expert Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone says, “In a time of economic uncertainty, optimism is paramount, and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow. The color also speaks to enlightenment,as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

That’s why I would suggest a dress in any shade of yellow, as in Lithuanian designer Josef Statkus’ many-shades-of-yellow dress illustrated here.

Beginning with Isabel Toledo’s lemongrass dress and coat that Michelle Obama wore on Inauguration Day, the first lady has consistently worn this color, which, in Jungian psychology stands for “comprehension in a flash of light.” People who are drawn to yellow are often insightful, intuitive and intellectual, says Eiseman. In addition, shades of yellow are at the top of the fashion charts for spring.

Then for Fall try Golden Glow….

Pantone’s Fall 2010 Fashion Report


February 26, 2010

Hand/Eye Magazine
Keith Recker

I met Keith Recker several years when we worked together on a project. When I was introduced to his publication, HAND/EYE, I was very impressed, not only by the visual aspects and the use of colors, but also the social implications of his efforts for very worthwhile causes.

Launched in June 2009, by Founder and Editor Keith Recker, HAND/EYE was born out of 20 years of involvement with many non-profits seeking to help artisans both in the United States and internationally to earn better incomes.

In his words:

“HAND/EYE is an international print and online publication that includes stories about dynamic and creative people whose work both embraces and challenges the disciplines of art, fashion, craft, philanthropy, and the notion of enlightened consumption.

HAND/EYE has a core interest in international art, craft, and design, particularly when design and artisanry become tools for economic development and social and environmental progress. The magazine also examines innovative and ethical retail practices as a force for more enlightened and informative consumerism, and looks at NGO programs addressing artisan income generation and community well-being.

Through the work of its accomplished photographers, HAND/EYE examines artisan life in a visual context. In its interviews with inspiring artisans, designers,doers of all kinds, HAND/EYE offers nourishing food for thought to all readers.

As part of its goal to aid artisans, proceeds from sales of HAND/EYE will be divided among several non-profit agencies working to address artisan issues.”

For some fascinating information on color and culture visit Hand/Eye

International Child Art Foundation
4th Arts Olympiad (2009-2012) – Theme: My Favorite Sport

Organized every four years by the International Child Art Foundation and endorsed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Arts Olympiad is a global program offering children a unique creative experience.

The Arts Olympiad begins with structured lesson plans distributed free of charge by ICAF and its partner organizations. Children paint, draw,and create digital art based upon the theme, My Favorite Sport. Art competitions follow and lead to the selection of winners, as well as celebrations of children’s talents at community and national levels.

Any child can participate in the Arts Olympiad. However, only children between ages 8-12 at the time they create the artwork can be selected as winners. Deadline for submission of artwork is March 31, 2010.

February 22, 2010

When Pantone announced that Turquoise would be the color of the year for 2010 we thought it would be fun to have a “Turquoise sightings” section here on the blog. I know that since that announcement I have been seeing turquoise a lot more. Power of suggestion?

Call it what you will. We will call it fun!

Juliette Lewis at Sundance Film Festival 2010.

Best-Lit Loos
Emma Moore

Roca Gallery, Barcelona, by OAB

Part architectural experiment, part showroom, part museum, the 2,400 square m Roca Gallery in Barcelona out-techs all other bathroom showrooms.

The 1960s former office block is incased in an innovative new bevelled glass system that confounds observers, while inside, LCD screens bring down monsoon rains and crackle with glacial ice at intervals. Find Roca’s latest wares displayed under sensor-controlled lights upstairs, or catch the current exhibition of historically significant loos.

Turquoise Bathroom

Also note the cover of Prism Magazine as well as the art piece below.

Turquoise, Trends, Pantone

February 19, 2010

A very gifted artist and friend, Peachy Levy specializes in stitchery celebrating Judaic culture. She shared a story about a specific piece she designed and skillfully executed. As turquoise is the color featured, we felt it especially appropriate to display her beautiful work now.–Lee

Peachy wrote:

“This is a piece I’ve been working on for the last 5 months. It’s 5 foot ,6 inches wide and 6 feet 6 inches tall. It’s destination is the entrance to a synagogue in San Diego, Temple Emanu-el.”

The background, the copper silk, is meant to suggest the hand hewn tablets as a symbol of Torah. The Shma (a Hebrew word that mean’s “Hear” and is the first word of the central prayer in Jewish liturgy) is embroidered with three different shades of turquoise which are meant to represent different generations within the Temple; past, present and future. The inspiration for the color scheme came from my husband Mark’s and my first trip to Israel in 1959, when we were taken to see King Solomon’s copper mines, Timna. When copper oxidizes it becomes turquoise, thus the colors and the actual turquoise stones on the letters.

American Gem Trade Association
Excerpts from Bringing on The Browns
Lorraine DePasque

Winter 2010

This year, if buying some new gemstone jewelry is on your to-do list–especially pieces that will complement many different outfits in your wardrobe–here’s our advice: Go brown.


Sounds dull? A bit drab? Actually, it’s just the opposite. Because the new browns are, as they say, “not your mother’s earth tones!”

The warm and always-neutral palette of browns for 2010 is about cheerful, luminous, and often light-as-air in appearance. A perfect example is Tuscany, one of the top ten fashion colors for spring, according to the Pantone Color Institute. Leatrice eiseman, executive director, explains, “In the past few seasons, we know that the brown tones have become so much more popular. Tuscany is a variation of the brown theme, but again, this is a light version for springtime.”

Translation? It’s somewhere between sand and taupe-what fashion arbiters might deliciously call latte.

February 17, 2010

Penny Crosson is a very talented color/designer who is skilled in several fields of color. Penny, I am happy to say, took both my online training program: http://www.morealivewithcolor.com and the Color/Design program. Here are some of her thoughts on color for the various fields in which she works.–Lee

The power of color never ceases to amaze me. Color can communicate emotion and style to perfection. There is a color that expresses every range of emotion and style. The power of color draws consumers from all industries to a desired purchase. Whether it is a cosmetic, a piece of furniture or a variety of products for everyday use.

In the beauty industry, a soft subtle style lip would be created with pale pink or beige colors, closest to the color the natural lip color. A high fashion dramatic trendy eye would be created with deeper colors ranging of from gray to navy to black. The eye tends to focus on darker colors on the face first. With make-up, one must choose a desired style whether it’s natural, trendy or classic and know the best feature to focus on and enhance around it. The biggest mistake is not playing up at least one great feature, perhaps your signature feature. The key with make-up is to make sure that the cosmetics deliver true color.

With interior design, a desired mood is created with colors from a well thought out palette that keeps the mood consistent throughout a room. In working with clients, I think the biggest mistake is a confusion of styles.

I see a lot of formal mixed with very casual. Not having a dominant style communicates confusion. Color is powerful in marrying two different styles in a room. For instance, feminine curved or formal lines in furniture and using more casual choices of fabrics such as denim or simple cotton textures. The eclectic look is very popular but there is definitely an art to putting it all together.

As to color in consumer products. How are you drawn to purchase everyday products? Even though function my be a priority, Whether it’s a box of Kleenex,a razor or a cell phone, color will seal the deal.

I recently purchased a new cell phone cover for my phone in bright orange. Everyone asked me why I chose such a bright color. I said because it will not get confused with all the black phones in my family. It also reminds me of a color that I have not used often and it communicates energy and we all know that we get energy from talking on the phone right? Great reasoning right? I thought so.

When I took Lee’s color/design class, it truly confirmed what I have been doing all along but with more guidelines to help me in working with clients. Qualifying the reason for your choice of colors regardless of the industry has always been the key element I have used when helping to choose colors for a face, a room or a product. Leatrice is a joy to listen to with an incredible wealth of knowledge that one never grows weary of listening to. There are very few people I can say that about and she is definitely at the top of my list.

Penny Crosson

February 15, 2010

How Magazine
Look of the Winter Games
Tim Newcomb
February 2010

The in-house team behind the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games blazed new creative trails, adopting an innovative palette and illustration style for this epic event.

The graphic identity of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics doesn’t speak to history. Rather, it’s entirely contemporary, taking what Canada is now,the differing layers and textures of society and art and life, and weaving that into an all-encompassing look. After all, the Olympics are about converging cultures-and so are the Vancouver graphics.

Designing the 2010 Olympic Logo

Designer Elena Rivera MacGregor says the challenge of creating a winning Vancouver 2010 Olympic logo, or emblem in Olympic parlance, was like a puzzle.

Rivera MacGregor followed the strict parameters of creating a scalable design that could fit on every imaginable medium, using colors that could easily transfer to newsprint, television, offset printing and even embroidery. The other key factor that may have sealed the win was her design’s unique tie to Canadian culture.

The emblem echoes native Inuit inukshuks, a symbolic language of stacked rocks. The Inuit people live across the entire north of Canada, and without the usual signs and landmarks to give direction, these inukshuks have become markers that indicate, say, a fishing village nearby, or food and shelter, or even friendship. The latter symbol, an inukshuk called Ilanaaq (Inuit for friend),inspired Rivera MacGregor’s design. Vancouver’s largest inukshuk is near False Creek, home of the Olympic Village.

The open arms of her inukshuk welcome the world to Vancouver. The emblem depicts the rocks as a person, with the face in green, the outstretched arms in dark blue, the body in light blue, one leg in red and the other in orange. “It’s relevant to the city, to Canada and to our culture,” Rivera MacGregor says.

Vancouver Organizing Committee vice president Ali Gardiner says that, right away, the emblem feels welcoming and friendly, a trait of the Canadian personality the committee wanted to come through. The cultural reference is inspiring, but the design influence of curves and organic shapes worked well with the rest of the graphic identity. And the bold colors of the emblem contrast nicely with the cool colors of the identity, providing clear-cut visual reference when the two are use together.

As she refined the design from prototype to final emblem, Rivera MacGregor only did one thing to give it a more “winter” look: She switched the arms to blue and the head to green. “The switch of the colors did it,” she says. “It just needed more blue in it.” The colors were derived from the forests, glaciers, water, sky and iconic red maple leaf.

February 12, 2010

Lee was recently quoted in Floral Management Magazine, a trade publication for florists. In an article written by Kate Penn, the following thoughts about Roses and romance were quoted:

“Lavender was the “precursor to pink as the color of romance,” Eiseman said.

“Lavenders are part of the very trendy purple family found in many areas of fashion apparel and home design, specifically in bedrooms.”

“Prolific indie musician and producer Brian Eno recently made his case in Prospect magazine that the line between cool and un-cool is disappearing. In the next decade, Eno says “distinct stylistic trends” will go the way of dial-up internet,because “there are just too many styles around (that) keep mutating too fast to assume that kind of dominance.”

“We’re all for independent thinking and straying from the herd, but there are certain times of the year when certain colors do the job better than others. And Valentines Day is one of those times. Our color connoisseurs insist the pinks, reds, lavenders and peaches that populate this month’s column evoke serious romantic vibes. And these dreamy buds aren’t just for date night. Invite them to stay around and invigorate your home decor, event and gift selections.”


We are pleased to announce the dates for our July Color/Design Class.

Mark your calendars!

July 15-18 on Bainbridge Island, WA.

For more information go to…


Photo by Jed Guilbeau Former Student

If you have been to The Vancouver Organizing Committee website http://www.vancouver2010.com/ you may have noticed the wonderful use of blue within the website. It would seem that blue is the color theme for the 2010 Olympics. One of our favorite companies, 18 Karat is located in Vancouver and they have taken this theme to heart with a stunning temporary remodel-an homage to the city and the excitement of the Olympic games.

We thought the images were so stunning that we had to share. Here is an excerpt from their blog.


We have just completed redecorating our store with our new Collection19.

Our product colour story is all about white, light grey and light wood tones but in our store you’ll see these neutrals electrified with brilliant blue light.

Blue is a very big colour at the moment in Vancouver – it’s an official colour of the Vancouver Winter Olympics that open this coming Friday. Shades of blue and green are covering our city, wrapping everything from lamp posts to entire buildings. We‚ve joined in the fun with a playful display of stacked furniture and blue light throughout. It‚s particularly beautiful illuminating our stairwell and glass columns, making our clear glass look fresh and icy.


February 8, 2010

Using Color To Influence Others
Excerpt from More Alive With Color

Color is a very effective form of communication, and we say a lot about ourselves through the colors we wear and use. Learn how to use color as a powerful tool in getting your message across and establishing your style.

Let’s start with your personality.

Pick the words that you feel reflect your personality.












The words listed above are divided into two columns because they are opposites. The words on the left describe “yang” traits; those on the right are “yin” traits. The yang is thought to be more forceful and active, the yin more gentle or passive. The terms come from the ancient Chinese,who believed that each person is a blend of two personalities, the yang and yin.

Colors have personalities, too. Every Colortime has both yang and yin colors. You simply vary the shadings according to the mood you want to convey. If you want to express a yin mood, use the light to medium colors. If you want to express a yang mood, use the more vibrant or darker colors. Every hue ranges in mood from yin through yang.

Example: The lightest reds are pink. They are yin-soft, easy, non-threatening. As the pinks get closer to the “mother color,” red, they take on more yang characteristics.

February 5, 2010

We recently got an email from an artist in California named Chip. Chip’s story was especially compelling to us because of his historical connection to turquoise. Considering that Pantone has picked turquoise as the color of the year-our ears perked up immediately. I will share a bit of the charming email we received from Chip.

“I’ve always loved Turquoise – when I was a child (I grew up on Skaneateles Lake in upstate New York) my Dad loved Turquoise too … at one time our house was painted Turquoise, we drove a Turquoise Ford station wagon, my Dad owned the corner IGA grocery store that was painted Turquoise and our summer cottage on the lake was, of course, Turquoise. This drove my mother nuts but I thought it was kinda cool – I was only 14 at the time.”

Chip says “It was just a coincidence but I just completed an abstract watercolor on January 15th of 10,000 – 1/4″ inch squares … using only blues as my color … most of which were Turquoise.”

A happy coincidence indeed!

56 cm x 76 cm

Winsor & Newman – Cotman Water Colours

Ultramarine 660 Series 1 A

Turquoise 654 Series 1 A

Prussian Blue 538 Series 1 A

Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue) 327 Series 1 A

Cobalt Blue – 178 Series 2 AA

Cerulean Blue 137 – Series 2 AA

Chinese White 150 Series 1 AA

To see more of Chip Fesko’s art please check out…


Among his talents as an artist Chip also works with the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The George Lucas Educational Foundation is the non-profit Foundation that Mr. Lucas started 17 years ago to support technology integration in public classrooms and provide inspirational stories about education teaching practices for both teachers and students … it was his (George Lucas) vision that videos would be delivered to schools over the Internet way back then.

The George Lucas Foundation is located on Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, California.

For more about The George Lucas Educational Foundation please go to…


February 1, 2010

As the spring is approaching we found it fitting and inspiring to share a story about gardening. If you are looking for inspiration for your summer garden why not start with the color blue? Keeyla Meadows was inspired by a specific blue (Majorelle blue) found in the personal garden of Jacques Majorelle.

As a true fan of the color blue I was thrilled to read about the use of blue as the focal point for which a wonderful garden is inspired. It might not seem that blue would be a good choice to build a garden around but as it is written in the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color, blue seems like the perfect choice.

Here’s why…

The color blue is strongly associated with sky and water, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. In the presence of a blue environment, we feel calm. Humans are soothed and replenished when they view blue and there is some evidence that when blue enters our line of vision, the brain sends our chemical signals that work as a tranquilizer.Blue is an excellent choice for areas demanding mental concentration or for products and environments that invite concentration or relaxing, “meditative” moods.

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