It's the penultimate week for Kristin's Summer of Colour ice cream challenge and this week the colours are Wild n Reckless Sherbert - in other words bright blue, mauve and mid-green.
I probably stand alone in saying that this has to be the most unappealing colour combination for me - I don't think I would ever mix these colours for clothing, home decor or even gardening - I feel mauve somehow kills bright blue when they are next to each other. However, I decided to mute the colours somewhat and this helped me create this weeks sketchbook page.
I ended up having real problems with this - it just hasn't worked - I think there is too much going on and I've 'over egged the cake' so to speak!
However, not to be put off I decided to get the camera out and try and continue with the colour theme. The flowers are a mixture of photos from my archives and a couple from the garden this week - the blue Ceratostigma (centre) is in full bloom at the moment and looking wonderful, as is the purple geranium (bottom left), although they are in completely different parts of the garden! The last two mosaics are of things I found around the house. I am linking these to Mosiac Monday over at Little Red House.
Finally, I found this beautiful Passion Flower while out and about this week. The colours were almost right, but the stamens were yellow. With the help of Photoshop I managed to manipulate the flower to fit the colour scheme - I do think it's rather pretty with the mauve centre but feel a little guilty at cheating like that!!! I'm linking this colour palette to Rosie's