Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pixar - Coloring Our Senses

No doubt you have seen at least one Pixar film in the twelve years it has been in existence. Pixar, a made-up Spanish verb meaning "to make pixels" or "to make pictures", is a famously creative animation studio that has become the 'new Disney' by consistently producing films that delight both children and adults.

The vivid color of their animated films has slyly opened the public's eyes to the amazing possibilities that color offers in creating moods, conveying feelings and exciting our senses. Each film's color palette is strikingly different. Who can forget the blue underwater world of 'Finding Nemo', the green world of 'A Bug's Life' or the more subtle colors of 'Ratatouille'...

Why on earth would I be talking about this in a serenity garden blog?  Because the color combinations of each Pixar film can teach us a lot about using color and color combinations in the landscape!

It may seem silly to look at 'cartoons' as an educating tool but as Walt Disney said, "I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. "
image from Pixar

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