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Looking for Color Inspiration

May 13, 2009

I can never get enough of looking at color inspiration. I need more of the small paintings in bright colors, because Michael Murphy Gallery just sold seven of them (Yay!)  And while I’ve never been timid about color, I want to be even more outrageous and over the top with it. So I’m always looking for unusual combinations.

One obvious place for unusual and exciting combinations is right in my old paint palettes made from plastic plates. I keep them all. And another good place to look is on my used mat board squeegees.



And kids’ art is always wonderful for color applied with abandon. I’ve shown this before, but these are some crops from a painting my granddaughter did on a piece of orange construction paper. I still have the original.

Danielle's Inspirations

I also love to look at Matisse’s paintings and collages. 




Or you could play on Color Schemer. You can try different combinations online, or you can download the program.

Where do you go for color inspiration?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2009 11:55 pm

    Dear Martha,

    For color inspiration, I usually go to my paint tubes or bottles ! I only buy my favorite colors, warm primary tones most of the time, plus warm blues.
    I’m currently using a limited palette for my pagmentum series though, burnt Sienna and Prussian blue, plus white. And I’m far from beeing done with experimenting all the colors and values I can get from those two colors…

    • May 14, 2009 12:20 pm

      Ghislaine, your colors are great. It is amazing how much can be done with just a few colors.

  2. May 14, 2009 12:40 am

    Yay for the sales is right. Good on you 🙂 I am not suprised your new works are selling; they look fantastic.
    Where do I go for colour inspiration? Books on quilting, nano nature, aerial landscape photography, art magazines. Can you tell I’m a librarian?

    • May 14, 2009 12:21 pm

      Cath, I probably couldn’t work in a library. I’d be fired pretty quick, because I’d be hiding in the stacks devouring all the wonderful books.

  3. May 14, 2009 3:36 am

    I’m loving playing around with that Colour Schemer!

  4. May 14, 2009 7:36 am

    You always have so many interesting things to show us! When you have a moment, stop by my blog to pick up the Kreativ Blogger Award I’ve given you. Your blog is outstanding!

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