Are Your Colors Going to Be "In" This Spring?

I know it is only January, but I'm already thinking spring! And so is the Pantone Color Institute. The organization has just released their seasonal color report, and while this is specifically written for the fashion and design industry, we art-minded peeps are sure to find it equally interesting, even if we don't match our oil painting or watercolor palettes to the trends they are predicting.

Apparently hot neon colors and soft pastels are going to be the talk of the spring season. Plein air painters know what this is about-nature at its extremes. An incandescent sunset, the ocean glimmering as evening settles with lightning pulsing in the distance-all of these create the kind of environment when bright and soft colors mingle, just as fashion designer Nanette Lepore points out.

Yellow is going to be a key color of the spring season. And thinking through that, is anyone really surprised. The warm richness of yellow is what sunlight is all about. Plus, yellow is never given enough credit for being the backbone of a lot great greens.

Pantone is also predicting a couple of interesting neutrals for this year: Driftwood and Starfish. The names are less than informative, but the colors are interesting. They made me think of coastal rocks and clay creek beds.

What colors are you going to unleash in your pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor—whatever!—paintings and drawings this spring? Let me know!


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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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