How to be bold with colour

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What do you notice first about a picture? The subject matter? Perhaps it's the picture's location. Today's blog is about how an artist captures our attention with the use of colour

As you will know, here at Stuart Morris Textiles we love colour and we enjoy the challenge of matching your colour requirements using the Pantone colour reference. 

We know how overwhelming it can be to choose a colour. How many of us have spent (what's felt like days!) walking up and down paint aisles, picking up swatches and painting lines on walls in various shades of the same colour? 

But colour needn't be something to shy away from. There is no need to run at bolt neck speed in the opposite direction when someone says the word Teal or Magenta! Colour can be fun and we're confident that by the time you get to the end of this blog, you'll think so too.


From Colour It Wild by Stuart Morris
From Colour It Wild by Stuart Morris

Stuart has long been been a fan of bold colours, particularly evident in his 'Colour It Wild' Collection (here is one of our favourites). Despite the inspiration for his pieces being the peace and tranquility of the likes of Suffolk's coastline and the Outer Hebrides, Stuart brings out the life and energy of the locations through colour.

You don't need lots of colours to make an impact either,  with just the three primary colours; red, blue and yellow, it's possible to create amazing results like this gorgeous piece of work by Nancy Glazier. Find more of Nancy's artwork here

Primary Colours by Nancy Glazier
Primary Colours by Nancy Glazier

Another celebrated artist who is famous not only for his boldness with colour but also like Stuart Morris Textiles for embracing new technology is the much loved David Hockney. 

His collection 'A Bigger Picture' really showed what can be achieved with an electronic colour pallet. Again his choices were bold and exciting. Showing how much vibrancy can be brought out of grasses in this example from the collection. If you're interested in reading more about Hockney's use of technology in his artwork and specifically the iPad then I would recommend this article from Wired or click on the image to visit another iPad artist, Andy Maitland. 

The Arrival of Spring by David Hockney.
Untitled c.1950-2 Mark Rothko
Untitled c.1950-2 Mark Rothko

In Stuart's 'Purple Moon' collection you can see how effective choosing just two primary colours can be and how many shades and possibilities there are. 

So limiting your colour pallet can actually bring out depth in a picture.

The Artist Mark Rothko is famous for using one primary colour as the base for his work. Layering red on red or yellow on yellow for example to achieve powerful, striking results like this.

If you haven't yet sat in the Rothko room at the Tate Modern which houses some of his pieces then I thoroughly recommend taking some time out from your day to sit silently for a few minutes amongst his paintings. The scale of the work allows the observer to experience the boldness of colour for real.

We hope that reading this has emboldened you to embrace colour for the next party invitation you receive and that the words 'I think we should paint the...' now hold a little less fear!

Better still, why not try making your own colour wheel and see what you can create. is a great little site for some helpful guidance and here is a friendly, straight-forward video from EHow Arts and Crafts which is perfect for beginners. 

In the meantime, if you want to capture the perfect colour in your design get in touch with the Team and we'll be happy to help make your dreams a reality. 

Go on, Colour It Wild!!

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