Thursday, December 5, 2013
December Monthly Challenge Color Palette
This month, we have the lovely Winter Landscape by Kandinsky as our monthly challenge inspiration. Winter Landscape is a fun painting to use, because it has colors in it that people wouldn't normally associate with December or winter. Instead of reds and greens, or only cool shades of blue, we have a mix of soft pastels and bold hues.
The two boldest hues are the bright yellow house and sky and the deep saturated blue of the mountains and trees. If you're looking for a focal color for your design this month, choose one or both these, and keep them nice and bright and saturated to follow the inspiration painting.
The soft pastels are a mix of springtime colors: light pinks, pale yellows, a peachy tan color, light green, and baby blues. They make for an interesting juxtaposition against the bold yellow and blue, and because they are lighter, less saturated colors, they'd work well as support colors. There's no harm in bringing as many of these in as you would like, since Winter Landscape uses them frequently, and all over the painting. Out of all of these softer colors, my eye keeps getting drawn to the pinks, as it creates a triad color scheme with the yellow and blue, but any combination you choose would work here.
There are also dashes of other colors, too. Purple, in both a lighter shade and a darker one, and a few touches of red. If you're looking to challenge yourself this month, work on bringing small touches of these in, too.
Your turn: what colors are you loving from this month's challenge painting?