Saturday, 27 September 2008

When in doubt look to the masters

Las Meninas painted in 1656 by Diego Velázquez
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Detail of the Infanta Margarita

Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain, painted in 1656 by Diego Velázquez
Museum of Art History, Vienna, Austria

Colour palettes are not just about the obvious choices of paints and fabrics. They are also about balance, light, texture, and mood. Why don't you do the unexpected and take colour out of its usual context.

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Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Excellent advice.

Be the change..... said...

this painting is even more exquisite in person - so much more detail you can't get from a book or online. The prado is like heaven on earth -my favorite museum of all!

Style Court said...

A favorite of mine too.

Seraph + Splendor said...

So well said! We recently viewed the ‘Inspiring Impressionism’ show at the Seattle Art Museum. To see such works of art in person was stunning. Great art often breaks all the traditional rules of color, balance and structure.