Attention to details

Looking at the finer details of objects provides a new perspective and appreciation of their design, colour, texture and form. Here’s a few images that have inspired me.

 

Colour Moods

I love colour, most of all when a group of colours work together to create a certain mood or ambience. Sometimes I need a colour palette that jumps boldly out and says “Look at me … I am fabulous!” Other times I need a colour palette that is less demanding, but still appealing, interesting and mood setting. How do I go about creating colour palettes for different needs?

Colour palette inspiration is all around us; we just need to look at our environment – both natural and man-made to find beautiful colour combinations that we can utilise for different themes or purposes.  There are times for “look at me” colour palettes, and times for something less bravado.

Today I’m focusing on a subtle colour palette; one that can evoke a sense of sophistication and serenity. I don’t want “boring” but I do want “ethereal”, “calmness” and “cohesiveness”. I call this a “soft palette”. The images below display a broad range of hues, but a delicate range of tones.  They are drawn from a range of sources.

Artichoke palette

Artichoke palette

Beautiful geometry

Beautiful geometry

Eggs in nest

Eggs in nest

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Faded colours

Faded colours

Fungi

Fungi

Glazed hues

Glazed hues

Ibaraki ceramics

Ibaraki ceramics

Tray of jasper trials, ca. 1773-76, from Josiah Wedgwood's manufacture.

Tray of jasper trials, ca. 1773-76, from Josiah Wedgwood’s manufacture.

Rusty stuff

Rusty stuff

Sea Glass

Sea Glass

Soft texture

Soft texture

Sunlit Poppies

Sunlit Poppies

Tea Rose sketch and palette

Tea Rose sketch and palette

Teabag bundles

Teabag bundles

Soft colours

Soft colours

Vintage gas cans

Vintage gas cans

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Shades of blue

I love colour saturated images. The beauty of any colour is enhanced through a subtle combination of its various hues. Here’s a range of cool blues that anyone would find hard to resist. I find colour and images like these inspirational.

artpropelled.tumblr.com

artpropelled.tumblr.com

loveliegreenie.tumblr.com

loveliegreenie.tumblr.com

Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkandzarzor.tumblr.com

Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand
zarzor.tumblr.com

huamao.tumblr.com

huamao.tumblr.com

mixedplateblog.com

mixedplateblog.com

intense blue

Antonio Basso, Ibizaflickr.com

Antonio Basso, Ibiza
flickr.com

wishflowers.tumblr.com

wishflowers.tumblr.com

Blue, Matilda Bay, Australiabesttravelphotos.wordpress.com

Blue, Matilda Bay, Australia
besttravelphotos.wordpress.com

28.media.tumblr.com

28.media.tumblr.com

blue ceramic pattern

by laura.bellflickr.com

by laura.bell
flickr.com

baenk.com

baenk.com

Blue Footed Booby ~ Galapagos Islandsgoogle.com

Blue Footed Booby ~ Galapagos Islands
google.com

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Artists use colour to express emotions and moods. Here’s Head of Woman from Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period (1901–1904).

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York