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Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.  ~Frank Caplan

 

It’s 9:00 on Monday night as I’m starting this post.  I’m wondering:  Where did my day go?  Didn’t I just wake up?  Oh, right that was 5 am.  So, what exactly happened since then?  My day just wasted away…

Oh…wait…where is that message coming from?  Do you know what I did most of the day?  I worked on new Urban Colors images from Boston.  I “goofed off and played” is the message I sent myself most of the day.  Funny how that happens, those messages dominate.        

Newsflash to me…”Working on images is not considered play.”      

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.  ~Abraham Maslow

Thanks, Maslow.  I always did like you.  Must be that colorful pyramid you created.     

So since I spent yesterday at “purposeful play” I should share some of the frivolity with you.  We made it through Monday, after all.  I’m sure we can all use a little frivolity today.      

Come on, let’s COLOR!

These melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection images were captured around Boston a few weekends ago.  I REALLY like Boston and enjoyed walking around Newbury Street and taking in all the colors, architecture, fashion, and people.  I think I’ll visit again soon…   

Urban Colors Hue © Melissa McClain

    Soothe me with some BLUE!   

 
 

 

Urban Colors Opulence © Melissa McClain

 You’ll never guess what this was!  Pretty energetic, huh?  Are you awake now?  Ready to tackle the world?  I thought so!       

 

  

© Melissa McClain

  The sun is shining today…      

  

Urban Colors Meadow © Melissa McClain

 

…on the garden in my mind.  Full of Lavender. 

  

Urban Colors Tapestry No. 4 © Melissa McClain

    Boston’s Edgy Side     

 

Urban Colors Wildflower © Melissa McClain

      Wild Beauty.  I love the BOLD color!  A door, just a random door in Boston.  Beauty is everywhere, you just have to look.  

 

So, I think I’ll “play” some more today.  Maybe I will put a few of these new images up on my website.  Maybe I’ll create a gallery for a new series I’m calling Reflection Colors.  You know, just “goof off”, with purpose of course.

Do you have messages?  Are you listening to them?  Are they holding you back?        

  

Moments of Inspiration

I have a special inspiration update today.  I am launching a daily inspiration newsletter soon with images, quotes, things to think about, and steps to take to reach your dream.  All you need to do is go over to my website, click on the newsletter tab and sign up.  It’s that easy!  Really!!  What are you waiting for?  Go!  Let’s get inspired.  

       

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

        

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It felt like Spring today in New York City. It was beautiful!  I love Spring and Summer in the city because I get to spend time on the stoop Brooklyn-style with Alex.  He loves being outside and watching city life pass by.  I enjoy watching the kids run up and down the street and catching up with neighbors as they pass by.         

Sweet Alex - King of the Stoop

If you’d walked by today, however, you would not have found us out on the stoop.  I don’t really know what Alex did today…but it probably involved the couch, the window ledge and the bed with closed eyes.  I didn’t get to enjoy much of the great weather today either.  But, I’m not complaining!  I spent the day at the Arch Digest Home Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan.  I was hanging out with D. Bryant Archie of D. BRYANT ARCHIE T E X T I L E S.   Being surrounded by her passion and beautiful designs and the excitement of the show made for a really great day.  I’ll be at the show again tomorrow and will write more about it in an upcoming post.  But, I’ll say that it completely inspired me and I can’t wait to get my collection out!  Maybe next year you’ll see melissaAnne at the show!  Until then, we’ll continue the journey here and I’ll keep sharing my images and updates.    

We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected.  ~ Ben Okri

I was in DUMBO a few weekends ago to meet a friend for lunch and talk about a book I’m working on.   Before lunch we took a little walk through the streets in search of a fence my camera and I had discovered a few weeks before.  I wasn’t done with it yet, knew there was more it wanted to give me.             

I started out walking down the street I had been on before, capturing some new perspectives of the colors and textures as I went.  Then, I turned the corner and discovered that this same fence continued on for another block.  Same fence, but a completely new perspective and color palette.  It was full of exciting possibilities.  I spent a lot of time with this new section of the fence.  I let it guide me and speak to me as my friend waiting patiently.  My camera was moving at all different angles and I was in the zone.  It was exhilarating!  My excitement increasing with every capture.  I couldn’t wait to get home, download the images and see what was there.   

Here are 3 of my favorite pictures from the “new” side of the wall.   

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

I love the blue and rust colors in these image.  The swirls give such movement and a sense of grace.  I like how each image is slightly different in direction and color, yet they evoke a similar feeling and energy.  I think I can see textile designs in these images.    

I was sending a sneak peek of these to a friend and put them into a collage for easy viewing.   This would really make a fun wall hanging as separate pieces or three prints in a collage frame.  

melissaAnne Urban Colors Collage In Blue

 

   

Moments of Inspiration  

I have been anticipating the Arch Digest Home Show all week!   There was so much inspiration there!  It was really amazing to see so many designers networking and helping each other make connections.  There were so many young, female designers from Brooklyn who are doing great things.  I’m looking forward to meeting more people tomorrow and sharing some of my experiences with you in a future post.     

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon          

Next post…I have no idea what the topic will be.  I guess I’ll be just as surprised as you!!  Until then…    

I’ll keep moving forward and I hope you will too!

 

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Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.  ~Gail Devers

      

As I work through the process of identifying a production resource, I am staying focused and continuing to move forward on the plan to launch my first melissaAnne pillow collection. A big part of that is identifying the melissaAnne Water Colors and Urban Colors Collection images to test on fabric, selecting the right fabrics, and ultimately deciding what will be used for the first collection.     

I have hundreds of Water Colors and Urban Colors Collection images at this point. I have a connection to all of them. Many of them have a story. A story about where they are from, how I found them, what I see in them, what others see in them. So how do I choose which images to test on fabrics?     

 I’ve selected a few of my favorite images. I selected a few because they have stories that pull at me.     

A few chose for me by getting in my head and not leaving. Some were just a whim, that paid off!     

There are a few that were chosen in honor of friends’ favorites. And, there is one image that I get incredible energy from and I want to share it with others.     

After I select potential images, I order an 8×8 fabric swatch. The swatch is a crop of the full image. The whole process of deciding and preparing for print is really quite fun! The swatches allow me to check color integrity, fabric type, and whether the images transfer well to fabric. Some do. Some……     

I recently received 7 new test swatches from Spoonflower. Some of them are really exciting! One was particularly disappointing but I’m not giving up on its potential quite yet. These new swatches definitely give me a few more options to consider for my first collection. Here are two that I really like.     

melissaAnne Textile Swatch ©Melissa McClain

 

This is a corner of a swatch from an Urban Colors Collection image recently shot in the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. Because of the strong colors and more edgy, urban feel I printed it on upholstery weight material. The colors and shapes really took well to the fabric.     

melissaAnne Textile Swatch ©Melissa McClain

 

This is another image from the Urban Colors Collection shot in DUMBO. It’s edgy, yet soft. I decided to play up the soft and printed the image on Cotton/Bamboo blend fabric. This fabric is really soft! I think this would be a great fabric design for the “tween crowd”.   

Maybe you’ll see these designs as finished pillows over at melissaAnne Gallery when I launch the first melissaAnne Home pillow collection. Maybe they will be part of a future collection. I guess you will just have to wait and see.  Do you have a favorite Water Color or Urban Color image you want to see as part of the first collection?  Let me know!   

Moments of Inspiration

This moment of inspiration is about one word: Turquoise.   

It’s probably obvious that I like color. All colors. But, turquoise is my favorite color and it ALWAYS inspires and excites me. I was struggling a while back to pick my “brand” image. I had been using one that I really liked but something about it didn’t feel right. I had just finished a coaching session with Jane Button (check her out if you are launching or trying to grow your product) and she told me “it will come to you.” Well, she was right! It came to me. It was obvious really once I really focused on it. It’s what was missing all along.   Turquoise!     

I’m debuting the official melissaAnne brand image and colors very soon. melissaAnne blog subscribers will get a special sneak peek!     

 The Inspired Room     

The Inspired Room is a great blog on design that I read every morning. This particular post came on a day that I needed a little extra inspiration. It inspired all day. I couldn’t stop looking at it. You can see my new dream kitchen (sunset.com) here! How could you not have an inspired, exciting and happy life waking up to breakfast here every day? I have a certain turquoise image that would look perfect…right…THERE!     

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

Next post I’ll take you on a recent Urban Colors expedition and share a few of my favorite images.      

  

I hope you have a dream and I hope you are following it!

 

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We’re still covered in snow here in NYC and we’re all trying to navigate the ice, snow, and slush obstacle course at every step.  Hurry Spring!!!     

Since I’m dreaming of “warmer times”, I thought I’d share some more pictures from my trip to Florida earlier this month.  Oh how I long for my flip-flops!  If you’re in this snowy, cold weather with me I hope you enjoy the reminder of warmer days to come.  If you’re not…well, can you invite me to come visit!?!?     

Fan Abstract © Melissa McClain

Giraffe Tree © Melissa McClain

Trunk Texture © Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

I think I see a future pillow from the image above.  What do you think?     

If you’ve read my blog before or you are familiar with my Water Colors and Urban Colors photography collections, you know I like color, abstract images, shapes, and texture.  These next photos give all that, but are completely different.  I took them at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  Can you guess what they are?     

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

The amazing red and pink colors are a variety of lichen.  The railings and trees were full of it!  I had fun trying to figure out how to capture it.  I think I’ll try it again….next time.      

The boardwalk through Corkscrew has lots more to offer.  The angles, shadows and towering trees begged me for black and white treatment.  I gave in.  Glad I did!     

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

 

© Melissa McClain

I loved being at the beach and experiencing the beautiful sunsets.  Here’s a few shots from Barefoot Beach my last night in town.      

© Melissa McClain

Together But Apart © Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

      

© Melissa McClain
I could not believe how pink the sunset was and how beautifully the color reflected in the water.  I was really excited about this last photo.  After seeing it, one of my friends asked me if I was related to Monet.  Pretty sure I’m not, but maybe I’ll name it Barefoot Monet.  It reminds me of a rich, silk fabric.  Soft, silky, and luxurious.
 
 
 My distinguished friend Tom and I hope you enjoyed my warm memories.  If you get a chance to visit Barefoot Beach keep your eye out for him and don’t forget to check under your car!

"Tom" © Melissa McClain

 

      

 

    

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Last weekend I went to one of my favorite neighborhoods, DUMBO.  I always feel really alive and creative when I visit DUMBO.  Maybe it’s the majestic bridges watching over me when I’m there.  Maybe it’s the skyline of Manhattan.  Whatever it is, I’m always happy when I get a chance to spend some time there with my camera. 

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Bridge - NYC

© Melissa McClain Manhattan Bridge - NYC

Did you know DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass? 

I found some great new Urban Color images as I walked around the icy streets of DUMBO.  Until recently, I had a preference for the Water Colors Collection.  Now, well, I’m equally as inspired by the colors and energy both Collections exude! 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

This weekend I took an impromptu walk down 4th Avenue in Park Slope with a friend, looked longingly at buildings with artist studios, met a wonderful resource for product production at Flirt, and found some fun new images!! 

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Neon

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Market

© Melissa McClain Color and Texture....Oh My!

I was also treated to a few Urban Color treasures on the side streets off 4th Avenue. 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

I’m really getting into these Urban Colors!  

I guess I didn’t get enough yesterday, so today I took a walk down around the Gowanus Canal and I found more inspiration. 

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Color and Lines

Gowanus Bridge

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Bridge

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Tracks

Gowanus Canal

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Canal

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Industrial

And then, I found these AMAZING Urban Colors along the canal.  These colors give me so much energy and joy.  How can you not be happy with these colors around? 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope the colors make you happy and give you energy and joy to start the week. 

 

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It’s been really cold in New York City this weekend!  Leaving me mostly tucked inside my house counting the hours until my trip to Southwest Florida this week.  Hurry Wednesday, hurry!!!  

Tired of the cold, snow, and wintery weather?  I sure am!  Let’s warm up with some Water Color and Urban Color images!     

Grab your sunscreen, sit down with a fruity drink (put an umbrella in it even!), stretch a beach towel across your chair, and let’s get warm along the shore!  

© Melissa McClain

 Sit on the beach and watch the waves crash along the shoreline.   

© Melissa McClain

Go out sailing on a beautiful summer day.  

© Melissa McClain

 Play in the warm, refreshing water and look back at the golden sand beach……

© Melissa McClain

melissaAnne Water Colors Digital Collage “Lexi’s Day At the Beach”

as the kids enjoy playing in the fresh air.

© Melissa McClain

  Water Colors Ferry To Martha’s Vineyard has the right idea!  Take a vacation to one of my favorite places!    

© Melissa McClain

 Windsurf as the breeze blows through your hair.  

© Melissa McClain

Read a book and relax by the lake.  

   

Are you warm yet?  I’m getting there!  Let’s go enjoy the great outdoors, no messy sand in our shoes, and take a drive. 

  

© Melissa McClain

 Pass fields of golden hops on a warm Spring day.   

© Melissa McClain

Walk through fields of lilacs and enjoy their scent on the breeze.  

© Melissa McClain

Stop at the zoo and see the peacocks spreading their tail feathers in a rainbow of colors.

© Melissa McClain

Enjoy the return of colorful flowers like these delicate lillies.  

© Melissa McClain

     Watch the birds as they soar above.  

© Melissa McClain

Enjoy the mountains as the snow melts from their peaks.  

© Melissa McClain

Stop by the farmer’s market and pick up some strawberries picked fresh this morning.   

© Melissa McClain

Find a peaceful meadow…..  

© Melissa McClain

 melissaAnne Water Colors Digital Collage “Izzy’s Picnic”

 and stop for an afternoon picnic with the kids.  Don’t forget the cupcakes!!

 

Return home warm and relaxed after a full day.

© Melissa McClain

 Sit on the back porch… 

© Melissa McClain

 melissaAnne Water Colors Digital Collage “Cami In the Garden”

as your daughter tends to her garden. 

© Melissa McClain

Go for a run after the sun sets, because it’s too hot during the day! 

 

It will get warm again, really it will!  Until then, feel free to check back in here and dream about all the fun things you’ll do on that first really warm, nice day.  Let us know your plans.  Maybe we’ll join you!  

   

 

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