"There shall be eternal Summer in the grateful heart"
- Celia Thaxter
I'm sitting on a redwood deck overlooking Big Bear Lake, CA as I write this. We arrived over the weekend for a few days of cool weather, mountain air and family time. And although there's so much to love, what I'm noticing more than anything else is the deeply saturated color around here. The blues sparkle more, the greens beg for my attention and last night's sunset seemed to actually be on fire. Okay, I know I'm a bit color-obsessed right now, but I don't care. I'm grateful for the awareness of it. And what I've come to find over our Summers together is that color, in and of itself, just makes me happy. Thank you for for joining this color quest and helping me discover this. I - and it - would not be the same without you.
As we head into our last prompt for The Summer of Color 4: Smudge, Splash & Pop, I hope you'll agree that the community and connection we've fostered has been as much fun as the creating. Your spirit and talents are an inspiration and I want to thank you from the bottom of my color-laden heart for sharing them with us here, in our Flickr pool and on our Facebook page. We have one week left to share our color creations with one another and I for one hope that this is our busiest week yet. If you've yet to join us, make this your time. After all, I've saved one of the best palettes for last. You could even say that I found inspiration from Summer itself. . . .
We'll be working on our sixth - of six - color palettes. Your prompt will include two main colors along with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of a third. As ever, you may create anything at all, as long as it's based upon the colors of the week. So, ready for our last challenge? Here we go:
Raspberry & Tangerine
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Lemon
To see examples of the color Raspberry, click here.
To see examples of the color Tangerine, click here.
To see examples of the combination of the two, click here.
You know the drill. Create anything you'd like in Raspberry & Tangerine (with that Smudge, Splash or Pop or Lemon) and link it to the widget below. To qualify for the Raspberry and Tangerine drawing, please copy and paste your direct blog link or direct Pinterest, Facebook or Flickr feed (or anything else that will link ;) by this Sunday, (10:00 am Pacific Standard Time), July 20th. Only one link per person, please.
Ready? Okay then, Go!
And Our Last Giveaway?
Don't miss your chance to win these little pretties:
Two sets of Recollections alpha embellishments in the colors, a few decorative napkins for collage, three large Amsterdam Acrylic tubes (4.1 oz) in Primary Magenta, Gold Yellow and Nickel Titan Yellow, a gorgeous 6 x 6 stencil from Balzer Designs, a package of 3mm Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals, three tiny Distress Inks in (can you believe it?) Pickled Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed, a large (8 oz) jar of Satin Mod Podge and, finally, a sprinkling of loose Swarovski crystals in clear and clear iridescent.
Love it? As a matter of fact, I (for the first time this Summer ;) just created a journal page using bits of the napkins shown above. Pop over to my Instagram page to see if you can find them.
Wait. Who Won Last Week's Giveaway?
Yes, that. The randomly selected winner last week was . . .
Anita Mistry from itsamistrydesignstudio
Congratulations Anita! Please email your address to Kdvanvalkenburgh@msn.com and I'll mail off your goods as soon as I get back into town.
And Next Week?
Well, you don't want to miss this one. We'll see you here next Monday as we reveal:
* The winner of the Raspberry & Tangerine giveaway
* Your SOC 2014 Artist Badge and . . .
* Information (well, just a tease really) about next year's Fifth Anniversary of the SOC!
See you then,
Oh I love the final weeks colour combination! Thank you - off to work but will play later (fingers and toes crossed).
Thank you very much Kirsten for making me use colours outside my comfort zone, you have done so again this week!
Really appreciate how much time & effort you have put into each and every choice of colour and all the comments you have left, you must be exhausted. Enjoy your time in the mountains and i hope to be back next year.
Off to ponder, this is another tough week with these colours lol:-) xxx
gorgeous colours, and congrats Anita!!
Love these colours-they just scream sunset to me-means I can stick to my aceo landscape theme-Yay! Thank you for a great challenge Kristin.
Oh, I love these colors. Thank you Kristin for hosting this fun event, it's my first year participating but hopefully not my last. Congrats to Anita and good luck everyone with this weeks colors.
You have certainly left the best till last, Kristin. I looove this colour combo. I am so sad that it's nearly over, I have enjoyed this challenge so much.
Kristin, these are such pretty colors and together they are AMAZING!! You did save the best for last!! I SEE ORANGE!!
I feel the same way about colors too, they are everywhere and really speak to me all because of your SOC fun.
Enjoy your family getaway! Thanks so much for hosting us again this year and can't wait to do it again next year. HUGS!
I am sad that this years challenge is nearly over, but on the flip side happy to see these beautiful warm colours in this our last week of SOC 2014.
Well done Anita on winning the give-away.
Fabulous colours to end with.
Thanks again for organising such a fun challenge and I'm already looking forward to next year.
Woohoo! Many congratulations Anita :D
A gorgeous colour combo this week. Hmmm what to do. What to do...
congratulations to the winner!!
This set of colors are delicious!!!
congrats to the lucky winner, thanks so much for hosting this fun summer challenge Kristin!
Hi Kristin. Happy Monday to you and it's sad this event ends this week, but it has been totally inspiring and just so dang much fun. I love all the colors that you picked, they are all colorific!! Congrats to the winner and I'll be back later to post my post. Right now it's out to the backyard to finish watering and enjoying the morning freshness before it gets hot. Take care. Thank you.
Fantasy art and finesse! Beautiful flower!
how fun that you chose fruit colors!
off to do some art ;-)
I want to thank you once again for being such a great and gracious host. I've known good and bad ones, and you are one of the BEST.
I look forward to playing again next year, because summer wouldn't be fun without SOC.
I hope you are enjoying your time away. I also hope you have a fun and SAFE vacation, filled with color, just like you have filled all of ours this summer!
hot hot hot!!!!!!!!!
I found you through Tammie Lee. I loved her picture so much I looked you up, and what a delightful meme you have here!
I hope it is alright, this week I put up a drawing with some of the colors in the palette--I'm not sure if other colors are allowed, but next week I will make one consistent with the colors you are looking for. Have a perfectly lovely summer day!
Hi Kristin. My post is up and again thank you for hosting this fun event. I look forward to next year. Enjoy your family outing.
I'm glad I happened on to this challenge, although the party was almost over when I did! I love these colors, and I decided to concentrate on the colors themselves rather than a complicated art project. I don't usually do just collage, so this was fun for a change.
Haha--I just read this is the sixth week of six weeks of Summer of Color. Perhaps you could do an encore? I'm so sorry to have missed the first five weeks!
where oh where has the time gone???? Thank you SO much Kristin for everything you have done to make these last six weeks SUPER!!!! Already looking forward to next year:):) XO
Loved this week's color palette!! Looking forward to 2015.
I've enjoyed joining SOC for all 6 weeks. It has gone by so quickly. I guess it's true that time flies when you're having fun.
Looking forward to next year.
This just makes me so happy!!!! Your challenges get me in the studio to create!!! And, I am so enjoying every combination so far! Thank you so much for putting this together!!
These colors are simply gorgeous!!!!
Such a delight to have another week to play and with such a luscious palette. A big thank you Kristin for all the work you've put into this fun summer party!
Congrats to the winner, Anita! And Kristin, I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed playing along with this summer's challenges. You have really outdone yourself this year. Thank you so much for hosting this amazing party for all of us!!!!!
Last linky added :(
This has been so much fun. I'll definitely be back next year if you do a SOC5!
Interesting combination of colors!
Great colours! Valerie
Thank you so much Kristin for your wonderful challenge and all your hard work x
Des couleurs fantastiques et pétillantes... Un véritable feu d'artifice.
Tammie Lee a su parfaitement les mettre en accord avec une belle touche de poésie.
☼ Je vous souhaite un très bel été. ☼
Love, love, love these colors! I really stretched myself this week and did a painting, not my usual mixed media. Thanks for the inspiration!
Ooops. Major typo in my link as written above. If you click on this one, I promise you'll see my work!
Ohhh awww - That is something I wish for Kristin you are such a great lady and thanks again for all this ;)
I'm sad it is over :-(
Thanks Kristin for inspiring me over the last few weeks :-)
Awesome colors again! Thanks for letting me know that my link wasn't working. I wouldn't have known!!!
It has been a fun year and once again I wished It would continue for a while longer. Vickie
Thanks for another fabulous six weeks Kristin - it's just flown by! This was my favourite week of all. BAck later to see what everyone else has been up to :o)xxx
I so totally hope I win!!
Can't believe we're done so soon! My entry for week 6 is loaded....I just hope I can keep myself motivated to do more art without you, Kristin!!! Fun times, these....
Thank you Kristen!!!!! You are fantastic!!!!! xo
Thank you for organizing such a great get together! ready for next year already!
I havent read all you wrote, I am so sorry for that - shame on me - And I figured out that this was the last SOC for this Summer?.. Man we just started the Summer this month so you can't stop now?? thihi.. sorry but I know how one can be busy behind the screens - I really love love LOVE to be with this community as there have been so many good things for me to learn from ALL of the members - Thank you so much Kristin for making this wonderful Community Challenge SOC !!!!
Yay Kristin..thanks for another magical year..much appreciation for all you do!!
Thanks for six wonderful weeks of colorful prompts. I have enjoyed creating with the palettes. Hope you enjoyed your vacation.
I'm going to miss doing these and everyone's lovely art! It was great, thanks so much...
I don't have a URL. I tried to add to FB but couldn't.
Well, I got behind but managed to get this one in on time! Fun color combo :) I'm going to miss this so much - of course I always do. Thanks so much Kristin!
had a great time this year Kristin - thanks so much for being a great hostess!
I'm sad to see the Summer of Color ending. This has been such a fun 6 weeks. Thanks again for hosting it.
I like these color combination, it reminds me of summer days.
it's a shame this is the last week but it's fun and the colors prompts are quite useful to create new things. thanks for the prompts.
have a great day.
Thanks for hosting the SOC and all the work! eric
Please could you delete my first entry - it wasn't linking properly!
Thanks for a brilliant and colourful SOC 4. I LOVED this weeks happy colours.
How did I NOT find you before now??!!! These colors were so YUMMY! THX for having a color challenge!
This was such a great six weeks!! Thank you for hosting this event, Kristin, and I look forward to next year's SOC!!
Just made it!! Thanks so much for hosting this challenge Kristin - I had so much fun
Thanks for the wonderful finish Kristin. I enjoyed this once again and look forward to next year.
Thanks Kristin for such a wonderful event!!
Another great colour combination - thanks so much Kristin for hosting this wonderful challenge. It was such fun & very inspiring!
I love these colours! I had a great time!
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I'm sad that this has nearly ended. I've really enjoyed the challenges and looking at what everyone else has created with the colours. It's also nice to be able to interact with some of the artists who have visited my blog (thank you) and those who have posted on the facebook page.
Thank you Kristin :)
I can't believe how quickly time passes! So much fun, can't wait until next time!
Oh Kristin, thank you so much for hosting the SOC 2014, I had so much fun. But, I am so bummed, I really want SOC to continue until the last week of summer. 6 weeks just isn't enough time... I loved this so much. Please make sure to let me know when the next ne starts. Thank you again for the fun! Hugs, Pamikins
Dashing in here Kristin but probably missed the boat. Story of my life really...anyway I wanted to thank you for pushing me not only to pick up my paintbrushes (which is no mean feat) but also taking me out of my comfort zone with your colour choices.
I haven't posted for each week but I've certainly been giving the assignments lots of thought so that's good.
I hope I'll be able to participate fully for the next SOC.
Its an amazing bunch of talented creative people...that is so inspirational.
Thanks so much. Have fun xoxo
I forgot to link up my post, probably because I was in a hurry as always. I LOVED these colors so much, had fun with them and did a little something special that I did last year too.
Thanks so much for hosting us again and inspiring us with these yummy colors for 6 weeks. Sad to see it end and am already excited by your new SOC5, can't wait!
My net connection was down and I wasn't able to post on time...but still linking it up :)
Thanks Kristin for hosting such a wonderful event...Looking forward to next year :)
Thanks for the chance to link up even after the prize draw deadline! These were maybe my favourite colours of all, but we've had such a heat wave week that I've hardly sat down to upload anything.
The colour tangerine inspired me to paint orange daylilies, see my post
Coming late to the Challenge but I have finished and linked all the weeks. Thanks you so much for hosting this wonderful Summer of Colour. I have loved it!
i love these colors and thank you for share with us like this post
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