The story behind this elegant Fall color palette is kind of funny. Not ha ha funny like the story behind the Concord Grape Palette the other day… but more the other perplexing kind of funny.
The perplexing part is that this quite common maple leaf in the photo, actually took quite a long time for me to identify.
You see, Doug walks down to the YMCA every weekday morning to go for his workout routine. Over the years he has become kind of a fitness junky. Working out almost everyday… drinking smoothies and protein shakes… and even installing a chin-up bar in the doorway to his office. I myself prefer the low-key approach to staying healthy and choose to walk every weekday morning with a coffee and my best friend Diane. But I digress…
Any way… the mornings have been particularly beautiful this Autumn, and Doug has been bringing his camera along for the walk. He has shot lots of pretty sunrises with the foggy air sitting in the valley as he walks down the hill to the Y. As well, he has taken many photos of the colorful changing foliage in the gardens of the homes along the way, one of which is the photo below.
One morning he brought back this leaf to take close-up shots, in the photo light box. Since it is quite small and looked a little on the waxy side in the photos, I thought it was an Ivy leaf. Doug said he found it on the ground, but was pretty sure it had come from a tree and not a vine, like an Ivy Leaf would have.The lobes looked a little too round and the leaves were quite small and not as papery looking that I generally associate with Maple leaves, so I went on a hunt for it online. Of course I was led down the long Google garden path and finally determined it was indeed a Fig Leaf. So I went ahead and named the palette and all the colors with Fig theme names; like Dried Fig, Golden Fig, Fresh Fig and Fig Leaf.
BTW, this whole color choosing and naming process takes WAY longer than you might expect. Just try and choose yet another set of colors that aren’t the same as one of the previous 400 colors that you have created. And then try and name them something original and somewhat relevant to the photograph and you will see exactly why it takes so long!
Well, to make a long story short… Doug comes back from one of his walks (after I have completed the palette), bringing some more leaves and some of those helicopter seeds from this same tree and shows them to me… it’s a Maple… not a Fig… dun dun dun.
Crap! Do I just pretend that it really is a Fig Leaf and hope that some arborist in the group doesn’t call me on it? Or do I go to the effort of renaming the palette and the misnamed colors?
Well, as you can see the purist side of me won out. So here it is, the Turning Maple Palette!
Everyone who is subscribed to our Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the following recipes free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of November 2012:
- Maple Syrup (Recipe 054-1B)
- Golden Maple (Recipe 054-2B)
- Turning Maple (Recipe 054-3B)
- Maple Tree (Recipe 054-4B)
Maple Syrup is the amber brown color of not only a rich Maple Syrup but also the color of the veining on this Maple Leaf. Golden Maple is the golden yellow found in the center of this leaf as it turns from the chilling Fall air. Turning Maple is the yellow green shade found along the edges of the center color as it shifts from the darker green to the golden yellow. And Maple Tree is the original shade of green that this variety of Maple Tree had, before the Autumn season drained the sap from its leaves.
The recipes described above are from the Volume-054 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.
If you want to see the Volume-054 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of Nov, then click here: Concord Grape Palette
We used to call the Maple Seeds helicopters. I can remember seeing them fall in the schoolyard. Memories, memories. Cindy, it was wonderful reading the story behind the colors. ~Susan-D
Beautiful palette Cindy and so relaxing. Thanks so much for the many palettes, you make it so vivid with the descriptions and stories. ~Cherie-H
Another winsome colorful story Cindy. With today’s rocky roads there is always a place to go for respite …your blog with the color palettes. Always a fun place to visit and join you in fond memories that can trigger memories in our own growing up years. Thank you, Cindy, for taking us along down memory lane. And now on to take hold of inspirations abounding from these truly beautiful colors! ~Joyce-M
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