How Conscious is Your Color?

How Conscious is Your Color?

It's hard to find a color that doesn't possess its own beauty. The trick is making color combinations that enhance the beauty of the colors around them. But how do you choose your color combinations? The way we perceive color schemes is most likely tied to things other than hue. What do the colors avocado green and harvest gold conjure up? A fondue pot? Some polyester pants? That particular combination of green and yellow has a 70s scarlet letter cast upon it. Perhaps not because of the colors themselves, but for the way they were used—those out-of-date appliances in every disco-era kitchen. The clothes in those old photographs that make us cringe.
 
What are the colors you like, and why do you like them? Are they important to your art?
Do you take your cues from nature? But can't most color combinations be found somewhere in nature?
 
Every year, color combinations and trends are established and they inevitably work their way into our clothes, housewares and consciousness. In the end, we pick and choose what colors we like and how we use them. Maybe we'll like them for a season, maybe for a lifetime. The truth is, color trends ebb and flow. If you like them once, they will be back. Narrowing our vision, for just a minute, helps us to appreciate a select block of beautiful colors. Or perhaps you'll choose to rebel and assemble your own counter culture color combinations.  Color, after all, is ubiquitous and free to all.