Spring Colors in the Home

As the warm temperatures continue and the green grass starts to peak up out of the dirt outside, brightly colored spring decor has been finding its way into my blog roll. Sipping on tea and looking at colorful things is a great way to wake up during those sleepy afternoons!

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

These are a bit kitschy, maybe even a bit creepy, but I love the colors! It’s a great idea to have an usual object hold plants instead of the typical plain planter pots. These would be great in a child’s room (depending on the material, may want to watch if they’re breakable), but would also work well in a room painted white, allowing for many differently colored accessories, or in an outdoor space. If you don’t like Disney-esc creatures, you can also get dinosaur versions.

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

Some more Etsy-goodness here: a living wall! This wall is filled entirely with Succulents and made to order. This means a bit of a wait before you get it (you’re looking at a few months anyway while the roots set) but the results speak for themselves. Provided this was hung on a well-lit wall, it would be beautiful inside. It would also look great in an outdoor space or on a patio. The lush colors remind me of Greece, marveling at how beautiful the nature there was. So many of the bright colors I love occur naturally; the almost glowing quality to the aquamarine lakes, the tart green of the limes and lemons, the electric neons in the sunsets… nature provides so much wonderful art for us, so why shouldn’t we have it in our homes?

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Two of my favorite colors, blue and pink, together! These ginger jars would look great in almost any room and could hold any number of brightly colored blossoms. I love the patterns on these vases and wouldn’t mind trying to paint some on my own. The combination of block text over floral patterns is stunning. I also like the branch-lamp hanging over top of them.

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

I’ve seen many white and silver frames before, but have trouble visualizing what kind of art I’d put in them. Here, we see brightly colored prints in them. This helps promote openness and light in a room. Kind of makes me want to do a super neon bright illustration just so I could try this out. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with fully colored backgrounds; perhaps it’s time to try illustrating a simple subject in the middle (or off to the sides) and leaving the rest of the page blank? It makes quite a statement and really draws your eye to the subject in question.

Happy Friday & weekend, everyone! I’ll be back next week with some road-trip related posts. I’m so looking forward to a break and some fresh inspiration!

 

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Brightly Colored Illustrations

With spring blooming and bringing in some warmer temperatures, I find myself gravitating towards art that use brilliant colors. Getting an introduction to color theory back when I took that intro to acrylics course has helped me understand why colors appear bright or glowing. This totally changed the way I looked at things and gave me a lot to think about while coloring and painting. There is so much more to lighting and shading than white and black.

unfinished piece by Viktoria Gavrilenko

unfinished piece by Viktoria Gavrilenko

The flowers in this illustration scream spring! Going from the top of the drawing to the bottom, the flowers start out very impressionistic and gradually gain more detail. The skin and dress are light and airy which brings the butterfly nicely into focus. Unfortunately, according to this artist’s deviantart site, she says she won’t be finishing this piece, but I feel like it’s a strong enough piece to stand on its own. I just wish I knew why this girl was so sad…

Magical Girl by Kim eunhye

Magical Girl by Kim eunhye

My recent manga-craze has led me to look through tons of anime/manga artists for more inspiration. Because of shows and comics that appeal to a younger audience (pokemon, yugioh and the like), a more simplistic cell-shaded art style has become very popular. It’s sad, because it’s not the kind of style that made me love anime and I feel like people get the wrong idea about the genre since this stuff is so popular. The drawing above is more what I gravitate towards: frills and flowing fabrics, beautiful fantastical dress, the backgrounds with gradients and patterns and exquisitely detailed accessories, like the sceptre! Rather than simple cell-shading, this piece uses interesting colors for shadows that give the whole image a surreal-floating kind of vibe.

Las Teclas Negras by herringbones

Las Teclas Negras by herringbones

The warm versus cool color palette drew me into this illustration and at first I almost didn’t notice the text in the corners. There’s a lot going on, but somehow it all flows together through a story I don’t fully understand quite yet. I really love the style of bubbles and water, things I’ve always struggled with. The line-work in this piece is very nice as well, helping to bring things to the foreground and push others back, organizing the image.

by Sinad Jaruartjanapat

by Sinad Jaruartjanapat

The more colors the better, right? By having a rainbow-colored palette it’s easy to overwhelm the viewer with too many colors, but having a neutral background here gives the eye somewhere to rest. Without that space the colors in her fins may not look as bright. Again I’m lost in the details, from the tips of the trident to the flourish of this mermaid’s tail. Her colorful armor is reminiscent of a butterflies’s wings. One day I hope to be able to design characters with this much impact and draw as flowingly as this.