When people look at my work, the first thing they often say is, “I love your colors!” Of course, this makes me beam inside. Outside I smile, thank them and then ask “Why?” or “What about the colors do you like?”
When you look at these examples of my paintings, why do you think they like my colors? What is the first thought that crosses your mind?
As all artists know, color is personal. It is personal to the person arranging and mixing the colors, as well as those looking at them. We all have our personal preferences when it comes to color. And what makes it even more interesting is that these preferences can change.
Do You Love Your Colors in Your Paintings?
As I just mentioned, our color preferences are different and can change. They can be different from one room in your home to next. For example: I designed our downstairs bathroom with yellows, lime greens and apricots, which makes it funky and uplifting. Whereas our main bathroom carries the cool pastel colors for a calming affect.
You make color choices when you pick out what you wear. These choices can be impacted by where and when you don a particular color or set of colors. For example: when I attend a morning Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I wear more contrasting and bright colors versus when I attend a more sedate luncheon. When I attend an art opening what might I/you wear?
When you paint, do you love your colors? Do you choose a color palette before you begin a painting?
One of the reasons people love my colors relates to my color choices. 95% of the time, I choose the colors I want to use in a painting BEFORE I begin. Why do I do this? Because … [Read more…]