Hi, beaders! It’s time for our monthly challenge color palette.
This month’s challenge piece is “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper, and is a true masterpiece of American art. When I studied it in college, there was never a final assessment about what the meaning of it was, since it’s considered one of Hopper’s most ambiguous paintings. Several of my fellow students said it felt lonely, but I always felt like “Nighthawks” was more of a statement of sanctuary – four night owls in a restaurant in the middle of the night.
I think that initial feeling I had back then has influenced the way I view and relate to the colors in the painting; my eye is drawn first to the saturated warm colors of red, reddish browns, oranges, and yellow, colors that I personally associate with creativity. So, color-wise, my first instinct is to find the happier, warmer colors in the painting.
But the longer I looked, the more colors I saw, and I have to say that I was really surprised by all of the colors I found. Cool blues, slightly desaturated greens, and warm browns started appearing. I wouldn’t have thought it at first, but “Nighthawks” has a ton of colors in it.
So, with that in mind, and because each palette has a slightly different feel, I’m sharing all four of the color palettes I made for this month’s challenge.
What colors do you see in “Nighthawks”? Which palette do you gravitate to?