Can you be homesick for a sport? My favorite sport of all time is skiing, but part of why I love it is because I love being in the mountains and on the mountain. I taped 2 TV shows this week about skiing, (feeling very nostalgic about fun days in Vail) and suddenly realized how so much of my color sense is influenced by winter in Colorado.
Leon Gaspard (painting seen above) was a Russian born American painter I discovered in New Mexico. I love how his sense of winter color was magnified by his imagination. This is something I really relate to in my own work.
Some say blue is the color of spiritual life. I truly feel that connection all the time out in nature, do you? I enjoy the color blue as it contrasts with yellow and orange in our Colorado skies, from subtle to bold.
Once I developed a fascination for color in art and life, I started to revisit not only my sketches and photos taken for painting ideas, but also all my other collections like greeting cards and magazine tear sheets. Collecting color you love will build your color memory bank.
This set of colors has been my recent go-to trend of choice in making night cityscapes. Blues and grays/blacks seem to dominate, with brights as accents, and white is there. What is interesting to me about this palette is what is missing. No true reds or browns, no primary greens, only tiny bits of purple. Sometimes what you leave out of your “full spectrum” palette is more telling that what you use.
Do you think about color in a personal way? I have a theory that most of us do have subconscious color preferences in our lives, but do we really take some time to pinpoint our artistic choices made in the back of our minds? It might be illuminating…
What do you think? Have you ever said to yourself upon seeing something in your world, “this color collection is ME!”? If you did, please share!