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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

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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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Have you ever felt like you found something you didn’t know was lost? Connected with a part of you that you didn’t know existed? In looking back, that’s what this year has been for me: A year of discovery and growth of a dream and a purpose.


I Live Life Differently Now: I Don’t Let the Voice in My Head Defeat My Dream 

Orange: Determination ~ Pink: Gratitude © Melissa McClain

In 2009 I discovered my passion, fully embraced it, and I’m trying to live it in some way every day. Photography, design, and textiles have brought me great joy and great determination. I succeeded in accomplishing two of the major goals I created during my Group Vision Day in Martha’s Vineyard; I made my first melissaAnne Design pillow samples and I had my first solo art exhibit! I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me, inspired me, and helped me through the discovery phase! You are all a part of melissaAnne and I can’t wait to see where the new year takes all of us! 


 2010: Living Life In Full Color 

Moving into the New Year, I’ve been reflecting on my dream and trying to learn some new things about myself. What makes me happy and drives me? Where did my love for photography come from? What is my purpose? Where am I going? What do I want my life to be in 2010? What am I willing to do to get there? 

I found some of the answers. I’m still working on others. What I do know is that I am determined to work hard, live life fully, and keep working until my dreams come true. I’m living my life in FULL Color! melissaAnne Color!! 

 My Thoughts End in Pictures, I Believe in the Power of Color 
I’ve never kept a New Year’s Resolution. Most of us haven’t. I’m not making any this year. What I am doing is setting goals and creating plans to achieve them (Thank you Vision Day). I also identified three key words to guide me in 2010 (Thank you Chris Brogan). I’ll be keeping images like these around to help inspire my key words through color.    


Gold ~ Prosperity © Melissa McClain

Green ~ Abundance © Melissa McClain



Pink ~ Love © Melissa McClain


Red ~ Passion, Romance, Love © Melissa McClain


Blue ~ Freedom, New Beginnings © Melissa McClain


Purple ~ Indpendence © Melissa McClain

Where Are You Headed in 2010? 

What are your goals for 2010? What are the key words you want to define your year? What do you want a little more of? Here are some images you might want to have around. 

Orange ~ Energy, Enthusiasm, Balance © Melissa McClain

Turquoise ~ Clarity, Healing © Melissa McClain

Orange ~ Creativity, Happiness, Enthusiasm Yellow ~ Optimism, Hope, Friendship © Melissa McClain

I Hope Your Dreams Come True This Year!

Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to share my dream and my pictures with you and for following my journey.  I can’t wait to see what experiences and opportunities this year (and lots of hard work) will bring.  Leave a comment and let me know what you are up to this year and what your three key words are.  I’d love to hear! 


Get some color power behind your goals for 2010.  See more images and colors at melissaAnne Photography and Design




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Water Colors Blue No 3

What Do You See?

This beautiful Water Colors photo has amazing blue shades and great texture.  It was taken in Port Washington, NY in the summer of 2008.  This photo is one of three “blues” that have similar coloring and texture that look great together, but have their own unique print and texture.

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