neighborhood in late afternoon

Color exercise number two: a photo from my neighborhood, in the late afternoon:


First, I opened the photo in GraphicConverter. This time I pixellated the picture and used the eyedropper to pick out some representative colors.



This time, I thought I’d have some fun with a grid designed for helping chart warp-faced weaving (by Laverne Waddington).

I didn’t use all the colors from the square above, but I had fun with it:


I like that! And interestingly, I think I got the proportions to match the photo pretty well, though I wasn’t trying for it.

Just for an arbitrary difference in choices, I went back to Photocopa, with this result:

photocopa - across street

I picked out a color combination I wouldn’t expect myself to pick out (because I’m not much for yellow or chartreuse):

photocopa across street 1

And played with the oval grid again:


I surprised myself by liking it, though it’s paler than I would ordinarily prefer.

I also picked out a more stereotypical palette from the Photocopa color choices:

photocopa across street 2

and then did a design using both it and the less stereotypical colors:


It works well enough, though I’m not thrilled by it. I think I could come up with better combinations and proportions, but I’d run out of time for this particular exercise (not that I’m setting a limit; I just have other things I need to do too.)

Next time I’m going to pick a photo with almost no colors that are in my standard choices.

Constructive criticism welcome!

8 thoughts on “neighborhood in late afternoon”

    1. Thank you! I was primarily just playing without considerations of practicality.

      so there’s a pair each of color A, B and C. Then could you put in an individual strand of color C (it would have to be tied at both ends). Then a pair of color B, but with which goes up and which down in reverse direction. I think it could be done, but only with the individual strands thrown in.

    1. Thank you!

      I used a simple minded paint program and filled in the ovals with the bucket tool (with the color tolerance set so that it filled in some of the grey jaggy bits too.) I think I might see a more sophisticated way to do it in Photoshop or GIMP, but I think that might be overkill.

  1. I’d really like to see a grid that let you fill in the colors like highlighting an excel cell. I’ve been looking for something like that for a while to use with beadwork as well as tablet and inkle weaving.

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