Last month was a soft and pretty palette. That means that I am ready to kick the color up a notch! How about you?
I follow a blog called The Jealous Curator. I love the quirky, fun and colorful contemporary art that the Jealous Curator finds and wishes that she had thought of first! So much amazing stuff in this world! I was looking for some color-filled inspiration for these halcyon days of fall when I stumbled on the artwork of one Erin Fitzhugh Gregory. She is an Alabama oil painter that seems to specialize in eye-popping still life paintings. I am so smitten by her use of color, the way the flowers seem to shimmer in these vases, the bold and dynamic shapes. If I could paint, this is the way that I would want to do it, fearless and without reservation.
I came to find out that Miss Erin sells her work not just through galleries and her Etsy shop, but also through the online decorators’ retailer One King’s Lane. I love that site! What a marvelous fit for her art!
Although these two paintings that I selected for the color palette are very summery in their subject matter, these colors make me feel like fall. The brilliant reds and oranges paired with the bright blue water and the earthier greens and gray tones really speaks to me. I would so love to decorate a room around one of these paintings!
Both of these paintings have a similar color palette. The intensity of the colors that Miss Erin uses is the same in each painting, bright but in a more muted shade. However, the concentration of the various colors differs. In the first one the avocado green background dominates with the secondary navy blue as a ground, as the rust red and steel grey does in the second. There are so many shades represented in these flowers. I don’t care if they are real or not, I would want them blooming around me all year long!
October Pretty Palettes Inspiration Beads all selected from Michaels (l to r):
97702 Green dyed quartzite chips
92244 Silver plated small ribbed rondelle
95705 Blue sandstone lentil 3x8mm
97709 Turquoise dyed howlite cube
95106 Turquoise dyed howlite rectangle 2-hole beads + chips
80438 Pink round stone 6mm
93302 Dyed red bamboo coral rondelle 2x12mm
I decided to stick with the first painting inspiration above, but the second color palette would work with these colors and a few substitutions, like a dark grey, an ochre yellow and a more rust instead of red. I had to have the largest proportion in that avocado green color. It is a bright color, but of the same intensity as the other colors. And there are a lot of beads on this card! I love the night sky sparkles in blue sandstone so very much. The turquoise colored stones are dyed howlite, a much more affordable alternative to true turquoise, and the shape of them reminds me of the vase in the second picture. The pink is something soft to round the edges on the other colors and feels like a washed out shade of that brilliant red. There are, of course, other colors in each painting that you could pull out instead of the ones that I chose. And the proportions that you choose to use them in will also inform your design. I am all about options this month! Your choice! All in all, I am totally digging the bright palette for this month and I am excited to share it with you.
[By the way… the GREEN tags of the Bead Gallery line at Michaels is 50% off this week – hurry!]
My Pretty Palettes partner for October is Kathleen Lange Klik of Modern Nature Studio. Miss Kathleen has a very earthy style with a lot of sophistication and soul. She has exceptional taste when it comes to beads and designs. Her style is simply divine and something I know that I would be delighted to wear. I know that we will all enjoy seeing what Miss Kathleen will do with this palette and these beads!
I invite you to join me in creating something for October inspired by either of the Pretty Palettes above. You can use any beads you like in any combination from the palette. Raid your current stash! Add beads that you like! Or try to find the exact beads that I bought and play along. Then blog about it and share it. Come back on October 29th and see what Miss Kathleen and I, and other members of the Halcraft team made with these colors as our jumping off point in this blooming art challenge!
What gorgeous colors! I am going to try to play along this month.
I am in love with the color palettes
What a gorgeous color palette! I am looking forward to designing with these beads and can’t wait to see what you come up with Erin!