My daily trips to Design Seeds recently brought me to this rather stormy looking palette, Global Hues. I love the deep blues and greens. They remind me of the ocean, or a storm...or both?
In my mind's eye I see water, land and sky all converging, blues and greens and even grays mingling together. In fact, for the first time in a very long time, I've titled my piece before I've finished it!
At the moment one of my favorite go-tos for color inspiration is a site-slash-blog called Design Seeds, that lists wonderful color and hue combinations with very fitting names to inspire and encourage. I love browsing through the archives and looking at the different groupings of color. As you can see from the three I've picked here, my favorites tend to lean toward jewel tones and blues and greens.
With summer heat upon us, at least in my corner of the planet, I'm thinking of cool and soothing and escape from the heat. "Sea Glass" might inspire a few seascapes... swirling waves... maybe even a storm at sea. I see a mountain sunset landscape when I look at "Color Abstract", maybe even a colorful cityscape.
What has inspired you lately?
psst. photos are from and are copyright DesignSeeds
So here's the story of how I work, more or less... Today I put on a playlist full of strange music, got out my acrylics and brushes, and started throwing paint on a canvas.
I didn't start with the first colors I picked up - orange and yellow were too "warm" and the brown and gray were to "dull". Red was completely out of the question. It has been 100 degrees-plus here for almost a month straight and I need something that will cool me down.
Blues...purples... aquas.... greens - cool colors - seemed to be the best option.
I applied paints directly to the canvas and used long, broad, sweeping strokes - covering the entire canvas. I like to sometimes create "waves" with my brush strokes - which I did here. (You might be able to tell if you really look closely at the picture)
And now that this stage - the background - is done, I'll spend some time deciding what to add next. I'm thinking my color scheme will stay on the cool side, with maybe a "pop" of warmth for contrast:
Right now I'm looking at this palette and thinking of sherbet...
I am a self-taught artist, using my creative and sometimes bizarre mind to come up with colors, shapes and scenes and transferring them from my my mind to a canvas or piece of paper. I love to experiment with different styles, colors, media and shapes in my artwork, so you might find me listing acrylics one week, watercolor the next, and then a mixed media collage after that. I create art because I love it - it makes me happy. I'm here to share that enjoyment with others.