Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Inspired palettes

Where do artists get their inspiration for the colors they use in designing products like fabric or greeting cards or tableware?

I can only answer for myself, but those who know me have probably already guessed the truth: I get my color schemes straight from the wholesome outdoors.


I wander through farm and field, across mountain path and alongside alpine lakes, camera and sketchbook in hand. From these I sift a palette.

Sometimes it's as simple as a duckling. I might take one hue from the creamy tone on the top of his beak and a deep brown from his feathery underside, a bright chartreuse from the blade of grass clinging to a webby foot.


Here I'll share with you my jog through the woods by my house this afternoon and the color palettes that hour inspired. A branch here, a bloom there...

...and my hour in the woods has given me several color palettes which will appear in my spring collections.

That's just me... maybe my artist friends use a completely different method, but I almost always derive my palettes straight from the outdoors. I may use a palette for a subject completely unrelated to the one that inspired the colors, but I've observed that God was really smart in the way He placed colors together, and drawing from the natural world is almost completely fool proof.

3 comments:

Sharon Hermens said...

Sharyn, I love your new blog. Thank you for the lesson on your color palette. It makes sense to me. Can't wait for next lesson.
Sharon

kjrem said...

It's fun to see the colors you picked out from the photograph. That's fun.

kjrem said...

You are a wonderful photographer. I would love to learn how to do it too.