When working on illustrations it’s easy to forget to save the colour schemes you invent on the go. That’s how I discovered the real advantage of Adobe’s online tool ‘Kuler’. It’s also great fun to use the colour samplers and try to compose a strip of 5 colour patches, or swatches. The limitation of only 5 colours, and the feeling that there should be some sense to the composition brings it very close to composing a haiku. This form of poetry which only allows for 3 sentences with 5, 7, 5 syllables, used for the description of seasonal observations, needs a disciplined and focussed approach. So does the invention of a strip of 5 colours accompanied by a name that makes some sense.