Mar 22, 2013

Focus on Life Week 8 ~ Monochromatic

 Monochromatic photos tell a story, evoke emotion and uncovers the soul with the simple contrast of one color.  Monochromatic photos enable the viewer to see a deeper meaning behind what may be concealed by multiple colors.
                                                   -- Sally Russick

With this focus on life, I decided to seek and explore the beauty of monochromatic color in nature itself, without shooting in black & white, or using my Corel editing program to create sepia photos. 

Thinking of sea and sky as an example, I pondered the idea that since art is a reflection of life, monochromatic colorways must exist first naturally.  I began looking at color in life on Earth. 

One morning, enjoying fresh berries for breakfast, I observed the beautiful pinks and reds of strawberries and raspberries. The rich color of the berries was monochromatic: the beautiful fruit had depth of color, deepening hues, shades of red. To my delight, I discovered the color found in a simple bowl of fresh berries, framed by the bouquet of pink carnations next to my bed, were exquisitely unified in red. Monochromatic, full of vibrancy, full of life! 

Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


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