Looking Outside for Color Inspiration

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

My previous blog post describes how I moved from concept to composition, offering a framework others can follow when unsure how to carry out their own artistic ideas.  This post describes how nature photographs informed my color choices and, more importantly, offers a tip to save time and reduce stress when choosing colors and buying paint.

Because art stores offer an endless array of paint colors, color selection and paint shopping can be stressful and time consuming.  One thing that helped me was finding nature photos online for color inspiration.  I found the four photos located below, printed each photo (in color), went to the art store with the photocopies, and located paints that matched colors in the photos.  As a result, I was in and out of the store within minutes!  The specific paint colors I bought were cobalt blue, light and permanent green, cadmium orange, raw sienna (soft brown), magenta, and unbleached titanium (off-white).  
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