“The colour blue – that is my colour – and the colour blue means you have left the drabness of day-to-day reality to be transported into – not a world of fantasy, it’s not a world of fantasy – but a world of freedom where you can say what you like and what you don’t like. This has been expressed forever by the colour blue, which is really sky blue.”
– Louise Bourgeois
I’ve started a new project, and the first decision I needed to make was, which shade of blue exactly? I started as I often do, painting some swatches. It’s such a lovely thing to do, and if nothing else, it gets me making, doing something until the muse shows up. At least she’ll find me working when she does.
I’ll often eyeball paint chips in the diy shops too, I’ll grab a few shades of whatever I feel drawn to. Or if I see nice colour combinations while I’m out on packaging or displays, I’ll take a quick photo for later palette ideas. It’s almost meditative, painting them slowly and intentionally and providing a nice balance to my usual intuitive way of working.
Mostly I’m exploring shades of blue, of course! But last year I learned to make my own paint from earth pigments I collected and creating those swatches has been a lot of fun too. The yellow ochre from the lake is just beautiful, and I discovered that mixing it with blues gave me some greens I liked to my surprise.
Most of the time they are simply painted in my sketchbook, but if I’ve painted them on loose paper, I like to pin them to the wall above the table while I’m working on a project.