Tuesday, March 6, 2012
March 2012 Challenge Color Palette
I took my art history classes backwards in college, so the first art I ever studied were the Impressionists. They left a huge impression on me back then, and stylistically influenced the way I painted.
Now, though, what I appreciate most is their use of color and knowledge of how it works and reacts. How, with just a few dabs of paint in the right place, they managed to blend and mix the scene. It was less about a perfect form, and more about emotions.
So, I was delighted to see that this van Gogh painting was the March Challenge starting point! It caught me a little off guard with the amount of colors in it, and it took me a few minutes of just looking to see them all. Depending on where you look, there are subtle shades of gray and cream, or bold reds and blues that pops out at you. The ground alone has several shades, and the same can be said for the sky!
So, with that in mind, I've got a few palettes for you to choose from for your March Challenge. The palette above holds all of the colors that caught my eye first; the ones below focus just on the colors of ground area (top palette) and the sky area (bottom palette).
Which do you gravitate towards? What colors do you see?