THE WHOLE OBJECT
Once arts professor told me
“concentrate on the object as a whole.
If something looks off, edit.
up or dawn.”
THE COLOR BLOCK METOD
STEP 1: IDENTIFY THE BACKGROUND
Look at a space as whole, identify major surfaces.
Floors, walls, rugs and furniture.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY BACKGROUND COLORS
Make a palette of the dominant colors.
TIP: take a photo of your space, upload it to some online swatch generator
(ofcourse a free one, like this palette generator) to make your very own palette.
Note: pick colors from floors, walls, rugs and furniture surfaces.
Sooo, that’s it. Your base swatch.
NOW you can tone it up or dawn easily.
Whenever you’re in doubt, use this swatch to see if desired item goes with your interior. Download it to your phone and it’ll always be in your pocket.
I remember standing brain-freezed in front of the canvas.
Trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with the piece. It clearly depicted the right colors of some vase in front of me as it was supossed to.
Then the professor came.
She looked at the canvas for a second and made some bizarre color strokes. Out of blue.
And you know what?
It brought painting to life.
So, just sayin’.
Be brave and experiment, add some bizarreness to your base swatch.