New beginnings…

It has been a while and I needed that time off from creating and all social media. Now I feel ready to create again and I have quite a few ideas. The first one is related to my watercolour and probably also ink painting.

I had read so much about colour theory and colour harmonies and tried so many different watercolours and in parallel I had started to explore “seasonal” colour theory for dressing yourself in colours that are supposed to suit you (best) but none of them made completely sense. I did not understand where I was going but I trusted my intuition and finally the pieces came together.

I have put together a palette of colours that reflect ME.

Not the colours that I like most – though I don’t really have favourite colours except for grey 😉 – or the ones that I was supposed to wear based on “seasonal colour typing” BUT the colours that are in me – my skin in the light and the slightly tanned areas, my cheeks when they are cold or blushing or hot, the veins that I can see through my skin, my eyebrows and lashes and my eyes which I never really knew consisted of so many different shades of green, blue, grey and even some spots of a kind of marigold colour. My eyes also seem to change colour depending on the light and what colours are around me.
I then matched myself or better all the colours I had found 😉 to a colour wheel and discovered my “inner” colour harmonies – monochromatic, analogous, triad and (split) complimentary. This is giving me the first ideas of all the options that are possible and I am very excited to explore those and then create my very own.

Here is the palette in case you are curious 😉

This whole process is also very much in line with my personality – that mix of analysis and intuitive, abstract creativity (INFJ and Enneagram 5/4) – and thus feels right. I am really happy with the outcome so far and ready to explore the possibilities of these colours to create images that not only originate in my feelings and thoughts but also reflect me on another personal and very individual level. This way colours are not just colours…

I am continuing this journey – maybe you want to come along?
How do you chose the colours you create with – be it photography or painting or also just for yourself?


  1. Lina on October 15, 2019 at 15:23

    Wow! You’ve got it down to a science, haha! I’m so glad to see you creating again, and the colors are lovely. For me I choose my colors at the very last minute. Sometimes I will choose a couple of colors, and other times I will choose one at a time as I go along. But I often find myself using indigo the most. It seems to be a commonality through all of my pieces.

    • Isabel on October 21, 2019 at 10:24

      Yes, my very own science . Indigo is such a beautiful colour so I can understand why You love it.
      I am often drawn to dark blue-greens (or green-blues 😉 ) and deep cool reds. Lucky me that their are also part of my colouring 😀 .
      I tried to like earth tones as there are so many beautifully granulating ones but I just cannot connect with them. So in the end I guess no matter which process we chose, we will paint with colours we love 🙂

  2. Joe monteiro on October 16, 2019 at 04:48

    Noticed that you had a post on FB, glad to see you are back.
    My colors are still just black and white with all the shades of grey ln between.

    • Isabel on October 21, 2019 at 10:26

      Isn’t it all grey in the end…and who knows if we actually see the same colours. I know that my husband sees colours completely differently – he has red-green problems and also some of the other ones depending on the amount of red or green in them don’t seem to look the same to him. But then he seems to see higher contrast and differences with yellows and greens…so interesting.

  3. John on October 16, 2019 at 21:46

    Great to see you back Isabel :-)!
    I love how you always surprise me with your work and your exploration :-D!
    An amazing idea to explore!

    • Isabel on October 21, 2019 at 10:28

      Thank you 🙂 It was also a great way to narrow my colour selection a bit as there was just too much choice 😉

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