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Painting Studio Practise Term 2

Painting – Colour palettes inspired by my contextuals

I decided to link some of my paintings, particularly colour schemes, to the contextuals I have researched throughout this project. Although I feel this is appropriate to do to show obvious links between my work and my inspirations, I feel that this could help me choose colour palettes for my more developed pieces down the line which could make my work more effective.

James Rosenquist inspired colour palettes:

I started out using some of James Rosenquist’s paintings as colour palette inspirations. I started out with him as he did a lot of Pop Art which uses a lot of abstract colours and I felt this would push my work to very interesting outcomes. I started out by photocopying some of my sketches from my sketchbook at an A4 size and used alcohol markers to form a rough outline of the paint colours I want to apply to each section.

First James Rosenquist inspired colour palette:

Drawing coloured with alcohol markers
Finished painting with colour swatches

Second James Rosenquist inspired colour palette:

Drawing coloured with alcohol markers
Finished painting with colour swatches

Third James Rosenquist inspired colour palette:

Drawing coloured with alcohol markers
Finished painting with colour swatches

Richard Diebenkorn inspired colour palettes:

I decided to do colour palettes inspired by Richard Diebenkorn as his work uses a lot more realistic colours that are true to everyday life, with a lot of greens and grey shapes building up his interesting compositions. I took photos of the finished paintings I did with flash and without flash as the lighting affected how the colours worked together. I feel that taking colour inspiration from my contextuals is the best idea as I already know that the colours work well together, there is no trial and error.

First Richard Diebenkorn inspired colour palette:

Finished painting with flash and colour swatches
Finished painting with no flash and colour swatches

Second Richard Diebenkorn inspired colour palette:

Finished painting with flash and colour swatches
Finished painting with no flash and colour swatches

Third Richard Diebenkorn inspired colour palette:

Finished painting without flash and colour swatches
Finished painting with flash and no colour swatches

Reflection of this exercise:

I feel that doing paintings with colour palettes inspired by my contextuals was effective as it allowed me to explore different colour combinations without having to randomise the colours I selected. I also enjoyed finding paint colour swatches from a paint book to put next to the paintings when I was photographing them to inform the colours I used. I was very happy with the colour palettes and the ways they affected my drawings and compositions. I also explored the amounts of details I added, making some of the paintings simple and others more developed. I would do this exercise again in the future to help me build up an extensive list of colour palettes that I can use earlier on in the project so that I build up a bigger body of paintings.

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