In high school I took my first painting class my sophomore year. During that class, I filled up a sketchbook (or two) of watercolor samples, strokes from different paintbrushes, and learned how important it was to practice and classify the different tools and techniques you use in a particular set of skills. I still have yet to manage this with calligraphy, but it’s definitely on my someday-list! I love looking back to this sketchbook to see not only how far I’ve come as an artist, but also to look back at how those fundamentals in practice and color theory really trained me as an artist before I ever knew that graphic design existed. When I saw these vintage color studies, I immediately thought back to this class and how much I miss working with color in a tangible way. Just check out the tonal quality of these colors. I’m pretty into it. Also, picking tones from physical practice is something that you just really can’t emulate in the digital environment. Add more water to a color, or drop a home-mixed black right in; that’s just all sorts of crazy when you’re used to one-click attainment. I don’t know if I’m ready to bust out my old watercolors—and I’d be really surprised if they were actually useable and not completely dried up at this point—but these are helping me reevaluate how I got about picking colors. Annnnnd I really miss painting. Just putting that out there.
How do you go about picking colors? Do you usually find inspiration online, or do you look to things physically to figure that out? While I don’t think I’ll be losing my online research anytime soon, it’s always nice to look to alternative routes, right?
Sidenote, that calligraphy is killer.
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Officially prepping for fall around here, and this of color palette is something that keeps popping up around this season. It’s striking, it’s moody, and yet is still incorporates brights and a bit of pastel. Fall, you’re crazy! Navy mixed with these fun hues is something I can’t get enough of right now. It could also be mixed with almost any sort of bright/pastel combo and do no wrong. Into it to say the least.
Another navy thing I’m digging: are these pants appropriate for work do you think? There’s something about wearing dress pants that are so close to sweatpants that makes me really excited. Anyone else?
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Weird thought, but wouldn’t it be cool if it rained in these hues?
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Color studies were kind of made for moments like this. Perfect for a time when you need a little creative exploration, but quick enough to not get in the way of what you really need to focus on.
Heading off to set up my thesis visual in a couple hours!
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This was just calling for a color study, no? That pop of yellow is pretty much perfection.
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Oh hey, look at you there purple bananas. Also, I want to eat just about everything else on this table too.
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Break is well underway, and well, it doesn’t really feel like it! For the past couple years I’ve filled my breaks with traveling to visit friends and family across the country—and then I come back to school and feel more stressed than ever. This year I made a pact with myself (you do this too, right?) and I said: “Kelsey, stay at home, no matter what. Relax. Binge watch television. Go on long walks and enjoy the sunshine. Juice.” So I’m doing precisely that. After this past quarter of at-home working and schooling, I feel like I’m just kind of continuing on how it’s been. I picked up a few projects, and am working on a rebrand so that I can be all shiny and new when I head to alt come January. It’s nice to finally put some time into working on personal projects. And that large canvas that I’ve been talking about? Well that’s getting painted over in the next week. I can’t wait to get all these things off my to-do list. Speaking of my to-do list, I have an exciting post coming your way tomorrow that will show you how I’ve been making it through my schedule over the past month, and how you can get in on the action too! This month is a little giveaway crazy, but ’tis the season I suppose—and who doesn’t love free stuff??
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Finals week and dreaming of flower fields. Appropriate.
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Popping in this weekend to share a fall-inspired color study. Savannah is still in some weird cross-breed between fall and summer, and it’s been making for some interesting fashion choices. How can you transition between 80° in the day to 55° at night with one outfit? Yeah, I was stumped too!
Today I’m off to North Carolina for another appointment with Dr. Vaughn. While my first appointment was overwhelming to say the least, I’ve been taking some of the steps she’s suggested, and it’s amazing how much better I’m feeling from only doing about half of her program! I’ll get to it all one day, but sometimes I jump right into things like this and then end up drowning. I’m taking the slower path this time, and in general. I’m really trying to integrate that philosophy into a lot of aspects of my life right now, which is so hard for my go-go-go personality, but it’s starting to pay off.
I hope you can enjoy the rest of your Sunday with a warm coffee and a nice read. I’ll be enjoying mine by catching up on top 40′s music radio and a kombucha on my five hour drive. Oh, and I’ll wear a sweater. Sweaters always make me feel good.
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This color palette is what is all over my brain right now — it’s (almost) exactly what I’m using for a new project! I’ll be sharing that one with you tomorrow, so hang tight! Today is for finishing up the details and getting everything just right.
SOURCE: Jenna Alcala for Matchbook Magazine
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