Overcast skies and thunderstorms colored my week with steely blues and soft grays. After months of bright sunshine and primary colors, this low-key palate soothed my eyes and spirit – and my sensitive skin, which was happy for some cloud cover!
These colors and the feelings they evoke inspired this collage. I began with the soothing familiarity of my own bicycle, then dressed my imaginary self in a made-to-order organic cotton dress from Portland-based designer, Makool Loves You, paired with crocheted sneakers and a silky helmet cover. The cover is made for equestrian helmets, but I wonder if it would work for bicycling? A lovely perfume would help with the sweat-free summer strategy – here I chose iris and white musk, the scent of a flowering garden after a heady summer storm.
I always have a book with me in my bike bag and this is a good time to delve into the work of America’s new Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey.
Overhead, pelicans glide in threes—
their shadows across the sand
dark thoughts crossing the mind.
My imagination paints this scene with the same blues and grays.
What color was your week?