Before I start painting, I work out the colours I will use and organize them into palettes. This gives me parameters to work within and direction to achieve the look and feel I want. I might consider location, time of day or season. To create a palette, I look at images from a city and extract colours seen at street level – plants, architectural vernacular, natural landscape and local fixtures are things I consider. In a neighbourhood, there might be a local flower market or noteworthy building, in a city there might be an overall look of the buildings or streetscapes. I try to extract these colours and colour combinations so the completed work offers a sense of being there. Below I’ve titled palettes with corresponding cities or the look & feel of a place either real or imagined.
Here are some palettes I have used to date: