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Bricks, stones, facades and patina

Facades

facades as inspiration for art by doris lovadina-lee

Patina

marble wall inspiration for design by doris lovadina-lee

venetian calle texture on crumbling wallBricks

brick wall in rome italy

brick wall in rome italy photo taken by doris lovaidina-lee

honeycomb wall in roma, italia

Stones

texture of stone wall for quilting inspiration

urn and stone wall in italy

These photographs were taken on a trip to Italy a few years ago. I don’t often look back at photos, even though I always think I will do just that. Time gives me an opportunity to view the photos, with a fresh perspective.

Peeling stucco wall in Italy as design inspiration by dorislovadinalee

This of selection photographs from Rome, Venice, and Pompeii have a common theme. They are mostly monochromatic so that the texture is evident. Even the facade of the wall in Venice is various shades of a beautiful terracotta that has faded in places to a soft peach.

How often do you go back to your vacation photos and look at what you decided to record? You might be surprised at what your photographs reveal!

 

Look up – Ceilings as Inspiration

We don’t often walk around looking up to see what is above our heads. If we looked up more often we would see some beautiful and inspirational ceilings.

Ceilings as inspiration for:

  • applique
  • shapes
  • blocks
  • block settings
  • quilting designs
  • colour palettes
  • textures
  • layouts
Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, cupola made with stained glass

Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma

Cupola design of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

painted medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

ceiling squares in the Cathedral: Mary, Queen of the World, Montréal

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

detail of wood ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

stencilled and painted wood detail from Notre-Dame de Montréal church ceiling

Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Stenciled ceiling designs in Notre-Dame de Montréal church

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wood ceiling panels hand painted in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame de Montréal painted square wood panels

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame cathedral in Montréal's diamond shaped woo ceiling

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

underneath walkway with metal supports and planks

Wood ceiling

I love the colour and texture of this ceiling. It is the underside of an outdoor warehouse structure in the Port of Old Montreal.

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain domed ceiling in hallway

Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

So, look up! You never know when something will spark an idea for your next project.

 

Vacation inspirations

Many of us have hundreds of photographs taken during our vacations. Digital cameras have made it easy to take and store images. How often do you go back and look at them?

cement tiles in turquoise, brown and white on floor in Mexico

Mayan Riviera tile

Looking through holiday pictures can stimulate creativity. Look closely and see what design ideas are hiding in plain sight.

ceiling trusses of the palapa in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Patterns on tiles, floors and ceilings can inspire quilt blocks or quilting designs.

turquoise glaze on a ceramic jar in lobby of hotel in the Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera jar

The patina and colours found in pottery and nature can inspire unique colour palettes and applique shapes.

veins of a leaf of a tropical plant in mexico

Mayan Riviera leaf

The texture of bark  can inspire a machine or hand quilting pattern.

bark of a tree trunk in Mexico

Mayan Riviera tree trunk

fossils embedded in walls of hotel in the Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera fossils

Look back at your vacation photographs, enjoy reminiscing and then take a closer look at all the designs that inspire your creativity!