berry colors and kaleidoscopes on the shelf

posted in: digital art, my creations | 0 kaleidoscope like geometric shape in blue and redAs someone who LOVES playing with color, I’m a little obsessed with the Design Seeds blog. I have quite a few of my favorite color palettes bookmarked (and bunch of other ones pinned on Pinterest), and this is one of them. I love the site, because just when you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your ideas, it brings along a fresh perspective and reminds you that the possibilities for interesting combinations really are infinite.

insensitively I thought this palette would be a fun one to recreate and build something around. I love the extra little pop of red. So that inspired me to do not only the first picture, but the remix (which I actually like even better!)

kaleidoscope like geometric shapes in blue and red

I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolution maker, but I do have a few. One is to attempt to wear makeup a little more often (what can I say…I REALLY like to sleep and 5 minutes of extra sleep trumps makeup application nine times out of ten. Actually, who am I kidding? Ten out of ten). Another goal is to branch out a little more art-wise. After this, I’m hoping to take a break from these circle/kaleidoscope pictures for a while. They’re fun to do, and I can work on them with a minimal amount of concentration, but that’s actually the problem. I don’t want to get stuck in a rut, and keep doing the same thing over and over just because it’s easy.  I think I need to challenge myself a little more.

I was working on the beginnings of a picture on my computer the other day and my boyfriend looked at it and said “why don’t you ever do anything besides circles and shapes?” Honestly, I was a little offended by his comment at first. Then I got to thinking that I maybe I am being boring. It’s fun to play with colors, but maybe I should get out of my “safe” zone. I’ve been doing a LOT of work on the computer lately, just because it doesn’t require any prep or clean up, and it’s easy to work on in small chunks of time. It kind of bums me out because I LOVE painting, but I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve had a chance to just hole up in my house, crank some music, make some coffee, and lose myself in it for six or eight hours.

So, that’s the goal. Branch out, paint more. I already have a couple of ideas for series to work on. I love working in a series. That way you always have the main idea for inspiration when you’re feeling stuck, but lots of freedom to take it in different directions. I designed a retro looking circus playing card in an illustration class quite a while ago and I’ve REALLY been wanting to create more of them. I also created a zodiac signs calendar that I want to revamp. I did it in Illustrator (as per the requirement for the class project) but it would be really fun to do a hand-drawn version. Maybe if I start now, I can have a version in my shop by 2013.

Speaking of branching out, I’m dying to give watercolors another go. I never really liked them too much, but I’ve been finding some really cool watercolor art online lately, and it’s making me want to give them a second chance. The worst thing that can happen is that my painting suck and never see the light of day. At least in their suckiness I’ll have learned what NOT to do.

There you have it. My (sort of) goals for 2012. Now that they’re out there on the interwebs, I have to do it…right?