Thursday, October 4, 2012
October 2012 Challenge Color Palette
This month, we've got a really interesting piece of assemblage art for our monthly challenge - Revolving by Kurt Schwitters.
What catches me most about Revolving is the warmth of all the colors. Even the blues and greens and taupes, colors that are "cool", have an underlying warmth. Knowing that this piece in particular was created during World War I, and with found objects to represent a shattered society, it doesn't feel hopeless or completely bleak. But rather it feels a little hopeful, thanks to the warm tones.
As you look to pull color inspiration for your challenge pieces, go for yellowish browns (like ochers and bronze tones), warmer gray-taupes, deeper teals, sage greens, and medium blues. You may notice that all of these colors are similar in value, so if you're looking for a little more variation, add in a deeper brown or a pop of that creamy yellow you see on the large circle. That will give you a wider range of colors to work with while still referencing this month's challenge artwork.
Your turn - what feeling do these colors give you? Are you looking forward to a very autumn palette to work with this month?