I spent all day with my foot in the air on ice. Sounds a bit like Dorothy Hamill !
With it being so hot I find I can only think of wool and start to itch. To entertain myself I've being knitting a cotton shawl.
My yarn is one of lovely colour transitions. It flows from turquoise to blue to purple to fuschia through to orange.
It reminded me how much people love to look at gradations in life.
When we find something aesthetically pleasing is usually involves gradation.
This can be gradation in size, colour, shape, thickness of line, texture.
Try looking at visual aids you've picked out in your collection of inspiring items.
Can you see gradation ? Observe some samples here
1. any process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner.
2. a stage, degree, or grade in such a series.
3. the passing of one tint or shade of color to another, or one surface to another, by very small degrees, as in painting or sculpture.
4. the act of grading.
6. Geology. the leveling of a land surface, resulting from the concerted action of erosion and deposition.
1530–40; < L gradātiōn- (s. of gradātiō). See grade, -ation
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.