Q & A from Craft Shows: How do you choose your colors?

 "Mood Board" made up of images I took in and around my back yard.

"Mood Board" made up of images I took in and around my back yard.

As I am getting ready for my next show at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, August 19, 2017 from 9 am to 3pm in Winthrop, Maine, I am reminded of all the great questions I get from visitors to my booth. Questions, to me, mean conversation...and engagement...and, often, in formulating an answer, I learn something new.

Today's question: How do you choose your colors?

 Cherry Tomatoes. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to an 18" x 24" canvas.  Original available here .   

Cherry Tomatoes. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to an 18" x 24" canvas. Original available here.

 

For a couple years, every time I went for a walk in my neighborhood (or places I visited), I grabbed my camera and took pictures of anything interesting or unusual that caught my eye. Without realizing it consciously, I developed a sense of color based on my local environment. Maine has a certain "color scheme" and I seemed to have absorbed at least some of that.

 "Mood Board" for Forest Path collage.

"Mood Board" for Forest Path collage.

Not only am I drawn to certain objects (flowers, ferns, trees, textured rocks and wood), I respond to certain colors as well (greens, purples, browns, greys) and these end up showing up in my collages.

 Forest Path. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to a 20" x 24" canvas.  Original available here .

Forest Path. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to a 20" x 24" canvas. Original available here.

Some of my choices for color depends on the subject of the collage I am making. Some are conscious decisions: I want more blue in this one and more green in that one. But, at least some of the choices I make have become intuitive from years of looking at my environment through the lens of a camera.

How about you? How do you choose your colors?

Please keep the questions coming!

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Cheers! --Janyce