Monday, January 10, 2011

Finding Color

by Jen, Painted Fish Studio

We're in the depths of winter in Minnesota, and the natural palette generally consists of white, and grey, and more grey. The days are starting to get longer, but for many of us, there isn't much daylight during our non-working hours. What to do? Seek out color! Lots and lots of color! Here are some of my favorite places:

Textile Center: The gift shop is warm and cozy, and full of color. While there, browse wool roving in all colors of the rainbow, touch gorgeous fibers, and oogle the handmade goods.

Caribe Caribbean Bistro: Bask in the colors of the Caribbean. Twice-fried plantains? Yes, please!

El Burrito Mercado: On the corner of Cesar Chavez and State Streets in St. Paul, there's a big yellow-orange building that houses El Burrito Mercado. Go in, browse the market. Have lunch at the deli. Look at cookies too pretty to eat in the bakery. The colors and smells will revive you!

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Stand in front of Van Gogh's Olive Trees to feel the warm, yellow, summer sun on your face.

Walker Art Center: See the iconic International Klein Blue in person! The Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers exhibition at the Walker Art Center is here through February 13.

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park: Need some natural green? Miss your garden? Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and pretend it's a humid afternoon in July.

Happy color hunting! Spring will be here soon!


Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Excellent ideas! Especially for a cloudy, Monday morning!

Lisa @ all things * jane said...

How fun! I had not heard of that Caribbean Bistro before; will have to check it out. Como Conservatory, on the other hand, I'm very familiar with. It is *wonderful* for getting some greenery in the dead of winter!

Lori said...

Maybe that is why I make such colorful paintings. Here is is grey, grey and more grey! I wish I could visit all of those places :)

Yoga Mom with a thing for fiber said...

As I prepare to move to MN from MI, I have to laugh at this post. Not the ideas aren't wonderful, but part of what I'm looking forward to is how much bluer MN winters are than MI winters. Seriously. You all have no idea how much sun you have compared to other midwestern states. I still look forward to partaking in some of these inspiring, colorful pleasures. We can always use a little brilliance in the middle of winter.