Fine Art Palette

Peach + Coral Challenge

Yesterday, Michelle @Factotum of Arts posted about Peach + Coral as part of her yearly colour blog series. She issued a challenge in the post that I am eager to participate in:

Monthly Challenge

This challenge is a mini research project, and hopefully expanding your inspiration focus. Find an artist (fine arts – oil, printing, painting, drawing) who uses peaches and corals in their work.  What other colors do they use with this color palette? Now try to recreate this color palette using your own prints and/or solids. Next week, I will provide you a link-up in the guest post introduction, to add your fabric pull with description of the artist (and link) to the pieces of work you were inspired by.

The prize this month is a 6 piece peach and coral bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics and a $20 Gift card from the Fat Quarter Shop. Winner will be announced in next month’s first post.

With nothing other than curiosity in mind, I spent some time yesterday afternoon with Google Image search and enjoyed getting to browse art with intention.

For my artist and artwork, I selected Marcia Baldwin; I was particularly drawn to her equine art and the way she uses peach and coral so effectively in her work. She is particularly drawn to oil paintings. It was also fascinating to read more about Marcia’s journey and creative arc. I think it likely many of us can relate to her journey.

My Life ~ My Passion ~ My Art by Marcia Baldwin

Art has always been a passion of mine. I knew from a very early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life and that I wanted to know as much about art as I could possibly learn. I still strive to learn something new every day. It takes practice and patience to be a full time artist and I am finally able to devote one hundred percent of my professional life to my studio work.

After many years working in and around art, making a living as an advertising designer, art teacher, art consultant, photographic artisan and many other niches, I finally opened my art studio to the dedication of purely fine art. I am a trained artist, receiving a BFA and a MFA in the seventies and eighties, respectively. I loved the years I put forth to formal art training. It is invigorating to be around people with that same passion to learning and exploring the creative and problem solving side of your personality. The people who share this passion greatly influence your thought patterns about your art work. It is really great to see the different outcomes from the various people when working on a creative project. We are all looking at the same thing, painting or sculpting or drawing, but each individual will see it a little different and the creation of beautiful works, each individually unique. It is truly amazing.

Fine Art Palette

Fine Art Palette

Above is my fabric pull and take on the Fine Art Palette challenge. I am sure that what Marcia says is very true: if someone else were to create a palette from their stash based on the images, it would be fascinating to see the differences.

Fine Art Palette

Fine Art Palette

The one solid in the grouping is Cloud9 Cirrus Solid in Coral. I ranged the palette from a dark tangerine to light pink in the “Peach + Coral” range and added in yellow and teal as they seemed to be the predominant other colors Marcia used in the paintings I chose as inspiration.

Thank you so much for the fun challenge, Michelle. Linking up with Sunday Stash; while I shopped my stash this week, I’m eager to see what everyone else has been up to. And I’ll be linking up with the Peach + Coral Monthly Challenge.

18 thoughts on “Peach + Coral Challenge

  1. Kaja says:

    This is an interesting challenge – and a new way (to me) of looking for inspiration. I’ll be keen to see where it takes you; I certainly like your fabric pull.

  2. Shauna says:

    cool challenge, I love the fabrics you’ve chosen.

  3. Good Morning Yvonne! How amazing this challenge is…such a spectacular way to bring an art form into quilting. I think your color palette is beautiful and the artist you chose to look closer at and receive your influence from; such an amazing piece of art. Thank you for sharing another fun and brilliant part of your life in quilting to share with us. Have a fantastic creative day!

  4. Mary says:

    That’s a great idea and you picked some lovely fabrics from your stash, I love the flying geese print

  5. That is an interesting challenge, peach and coral are great colors that don’t tend to get used as much as other colors in quilts.

  6. Linda Dutch says:

    Love your fabric choices! It’s an interesting challenge, will you be making anything with them?

  7. SarahZ says:

    That is an interesting challenge, with loads of pure spectator fun potential! Love what you have come up with, both artist, and fabric :)

  8. Interesting challenge. Like your fabric pull especially the flying geese print. I’ll be curious to see what everyone comes up with. Good luck!

  9. Lara B. says:

    Marcia’s use of color and line is definitely inspiring! You did a wonderful fabric pull Yvonne and it would make the most amazing quilt! This challenge is so interesting and it will be fun to see what others make of it too.

  10. Oooh, such a fun challenge! Love the way the blue works with those peachy tones. Gorgeous palette!

  11. Jan Altomare says:

    You fabric choices are beautiful. As a new quilter, there isn’t much of a stash and I am “learning” how to put colors/fabrics together.

  12. Jasmine says:

    Your fabric pull is a great match for your inspiration pictures. Plus, I love the pop of blue.

  13. This is such an interesting challenge! I like your inspiration pieces and your fabric pull. That blue works so well with the peach and coral colors. This challenge really proves that inspiration is everywhere!

  14. 2nana50 says:

    I hope this will allow me to post my picture from Pinterest of the fine art I found including the color palette of coral peach and blue… I’m not sure how to add it, but it strikes cords in me everytime I get to see one! Please let me know how to paste a picture..,

  15. Renee says:

    oh I love your inspiration photos! And your fabric pull is perfect!

  16. mlwilkie says:

    Love the fabric choices and that pop of blue….fantastic.

  17. tonijosews says:

    What beautiful horses! Kind of difficult NOT to be inspired by them. ;) Do you think you’ll create a project for the palette?

  18. Sally says:

    Interesting challenge, especially to get some creative juices flowing. I really like the little pop of blue in there, it’s a bit of an eye opener how much impact a tiny amount can have. Do you think you’ll take this any further and make something with this pull of fabrics?

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)