I am painting a picture for a close friend for her birthday and it is causing me a great deal of concern as it is not my usual style. I have this vague idea in my head but it is not coming out on paper and I am having to do something I do not normally do, a lot of preliminary drawings and computer work. I am usually really good and working things out in my head, I am lucky to be able to picture how things will look and fiddle with them without having to put them down on paper. But this is not one of them. (As the painting is a surprise and my friend reads this blog I cannot give too much away).
But I have persevered and after five attempts I have a rough sketch done and am now working on the colours. These have to be right as she is an interior designer with very highly trained colour sense. No pressure at all!!!!
I want to use some paisley patterns in the picture and the lovely turquoise colours that she loves so much, but my first efforts did not work. So I decided to break out all the colour design theory that I have learnt over the years and do some swatches.
I used pictures of paisley patterns that I had found on line that I liked the colours of and went into photo shop and made some swatches of the colours.
I also found this great web site that lets you play on the colour wheel with the different colour combinations, didn’t that take up a great deal of time playing. Here are some of the results. For those of you not familiar with some of this theory there are groups on the colour wheel that go together and have different names. See the dots on wheel, they show you the groups and you can slide these around to find the different colour combinations you can make, while the box of colours puts them together and gives you the different values and saturations of the colours you can use.
It is so interesting to look at the colour wheel colours and the swatches above, you can see that they match up to certain extent, did they now the theory or was it instinctual?
Wish me luck, it is a stylised portrait and I don’t do figures that much. I think I know my friend’s face better than my own right now and I don’t think that is quite right.
PS. I would love to recognise where the other paisley pattern pictures came from, but I can’t find them again on the web, and I saved the images a few years ago before I was blogging and more careful to save the origins of pictures taken from the web. Apologies if I have not credited your design.