Saturday, October 27, 2012

Color Inspiration - Magenta Hydrangea

The deep intense color of this hydrangea is made even more luscious by the background medley of shiny leaves reflecting the blue of the sky and the blurred bit of peach from a nearby flower.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Color Inspiration - Seaglass and Paint

I use manilla folders for my paint palettes, then when they are heavy with paint, put them back in the file cabinet - such cheerful homes for future files. This one was drying on my table next to a bowl of deep cobalt beach glass. I thought the combo was too gorgeous to pass up!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Color Inspiration - Red Rose Glow

My husband put in a rose garden last spring and I got to help him choose the varieties. How could I resist this lipstick red with it's inner glow of orange, especially encrusted with water jewels?

This Analogous color scheme glows with its gradual transition of color and is set off by a splash of complementary. I used this palette to paint a bouquet of poppies.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Color Inspiration - Skim Boards

Jack'd Skimboards hosts a skim board/music fest every summer on Whidbey Island during the lowest tide of the year. This colorful stack of boards greeted us as we headed out onto the sand.

Inspired by these colors, I mixed petunias and rusty bits to create this photoshop painting:

Petunia Rust

Monday, October 1, 2012

Color Inspiration - Old Green Truck

An old Ford pickup (given to my Mother in Law for her birthday in 1960) sits behind one of the barns turning lovely shades of teal and green and rust. Bits of dirt on top and reflections in the chrome hint at a warm purple undertone... an Expanded Tetrad on the Warm Earthtone color wheel.

Weekend on the Farm