Sometimes it is nice to do something just for the sheer pleasure of it don't you think?. I have just spent a very enjoyable afternoon going through a pile of magazines I found at a market for a few dollars. They were old travel magazines - and I love them. Seeing beautiful images of far away places through photographs taken by great photographers is always a pleasure for me - and often gives me a whole new set of ideas to think about.
The bonus of this is that the images are often filled with beautiful colour. Take a look at this image below of the entrance to Badshahi Mosque in Lahore - isn't it spectacular? I doubt I will ever see it with my own eyes - but I guess this is the next best thing. I can imagine making a piece of work with such beautiful and rich colours.
Those of you who know me probably know I like to keep a art journals and scrapbooks. One is full of images such as this - to refer to when I need some colour inspiration. Since I am thinking a lot about colour at the moment I thought I would share a small selection of my current favourite images, and try to inspire you to start a collection of your own. All you need is a cheap scrapbook, a glue stick and a pair of scissors - oh, and some spare time, (possibly the most scarce resource of all!)
Note: If you can't find any old magazines (the supermarket free magazines are a good place to start - I particularly like the Waitrose magazine that is free if you have a Waitrose card), then take a look at the Wikimedia Commons website. It is a website crammed full of images that are free of copyright to use (read the small print for each image to see any terms and conditions). Here is a link.........
Go on - find some nice images and start cutting and sticking!
Next week: How to create colour palettes from beautiful images such as these.
Thanks for reading.