[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Learning more about seeing colour and using it creatively is an effective way to expand how you see and experience the world around you. We all have great capacity within us which isn’t always used to its full potential, and developing your sense of colour is an easy and wonderful way to open up new aspects of yourself – and your wardrobe.
I learned a very interesting lesson when I took adult painting classes from a particularly gifted teacher and she changed forever how I look at things. In one of my early classes I was painting a tree and was doing it almost on autopilot. I wasn’t really looking at the tree but just painting what I expected to see, what I thought a tree trunk looked like from memory. I was using brown paint for the tree trunk because that was the colour that I assumed a tree trunk was. But my teacher stopped me and guided me to focus on the tree trunk and really look at it. And when I did this, I noticed that it did have brown in it, but that it also had some cream, grey, olive green and, in places, a very pale apricot. This was a revelation to me and I have never looked back!
I now see colour everywhere. When travelling I drink in the colours of the landscape, the sky, the trees and even the grasses next to the road. In the winter months, if I look carefully, I can usually find traces of lilac, pink and grey in amongst the pale wheaten colour. The blazing red of berries against the emerald green of summer leaves or the clear orange of clementines in a blue and white bowl are all inspiration for combinations of colour in paintings – or in clothes.
Once you really start to see and use colour, your wardrobe will never be the same again. Nature is the perfect guide and inspiration for putting combinations of colours together, so start retraining yourself to see what is around you and to apply it in creative outfits. Observing how nature uses colour can trigger your own innate creativity and make a true artist of you.
Be inspired by the juxtaposition of the vivid fuchsia of a bougainvillea blossom with its creamy grey branch and clear green leaves, and then translate this into an outfit by adding accessories of pink or green (or both, in a pattern) to a pale grey jacket or top, or a cream jacket or top.
Notice how the aqua of the sea meets the cool blue of the sky and combine these colours in your clothes. Look for a scarf or necklace in aqua and cool blue and wear it with a white T-shirt and jeans, a creamy dress or top, or something which is the colour of beach sand.
Appreciating the majesty of a sky at sunset disproves any old ideas that pink and yellow, red and orange ‘don’t match’. If you don’t enjoy vibrant colours, try wearing them in paler versions, such as pastel pink with apricot and soft yellow or pale lilac. Let nature in all its magnificence be your guide and inspiration – it is an endless source of Beauty.
Try to avoid wearing colours that are ‘dirty’, as they can make you look drained. You will know that you’re wearing colours which are not flattering for you when people keep asking you if you are tired or not feeling well when you feel fine! ‘Dirty’ colours are those that have some grey or black mixed in with them which make them hard to describe. If you find yourself saying a colour is a ‘sort of greeny-brown’ or ‘pinky-grey’, it’s likely to be ‘dirty’. Clear, clean colours are most flattering to all skin tones. Even a chocolate brown, khaki or grey colour needs to be a ‘clean’ brown, khaki or grey.
Here in the southern hemisphere, as winter starts to creep up on us, we tend to start wearing more and more dark, sombre colours which can make us feel weighed down. If you add touches of bright colour in the form of scarves, handbags and cardigans to your blacks and greys, you’ll notice how this lifts your spirits and warms you up!
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