October 2012 Challenge Color Palette

This month, we’ve got a really interesting piece of assemblage art for our monthly challenge – Revolving by Kurt Schwitters.

What catches me most about Revolving is the warmth of all the colors. Even the blues and greens and taupes, colors that are “cool”, have an underlying warmth. Knowing that this piece in particular was created during World War I, and with found objects to represent a shattered society, it doesn’t feel hopeless or completely bleak. But rather it feels a little hopeful, thanks to the warm tones.

As you look to pull color inspiration for your challenge pieces, go for yellowish browns (like ochers and bronze tones), warmer gray-taupes, deeper teals, sage greens, and medium blues. You may notice that all of these colors are similar in value, so if you’re looking for a little more variation, add in a deeper brown or a pop of that creamy yellow you see on the large circle. That will give you a wider range of colors to work with while still referencing this month’s challenge artwork.

Your turn – what feeling do these colors give you? Are you looking forward to a very autumn palette to work with this month?

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6 Comment

  1. mairedodd
    October 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    this challenge piece is absolutely gorgeous… and if there is any way i can formally enter, i am going to… but at the least, the painting has been stuck in my head since i saw it and i am thinking of those colors at the bench –

  2. Orion Designs
    October 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This is a stunning piece of art that really draws me in. I think the warmth is derived from the amber and golden undertones that are found throughout the piece. I wish this was hanging in my studio!

  3. Cynthia@Ornamental Style
    October 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wow, what gorgeous colors in this palette, Brandi.

  4. Lynda
    October 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    What a first appears to a simple art piece of a few geometric shapes, now becomes more and more intriguing. The color palette is so rich and deep.

  5. Marie Cramp
    October 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Love the colour palette! Awesome!!

  6. Designed by Vera
    October 5, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Love it! I think I may make it my wall paper. Already have a design sketched and the beads purchased to create the pendant…

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