Colour plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Colour can sway thinking and cause reactions – it is an irreplaceable form of communication and a strong evoker of emotion. Pantone (the leading authority on colour) chooses a colour each year that reflects prevailing mood or sentiment, and which it predicts will feature prominently in fashion, products, interior design trends and life for the coming year.
The Pantone colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. Inventive and imaginative, this dramatically bold colour communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future. Any interior design trends using this beautiful colour will surely evoke a deep passion and creativity throughout homes and living spaces everywhere.
Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. I am currently experimenting with a new collection of paintings which I hope to share with you all in the new year. I will be exploring my love of contemporary impressionism and experimenting with colours and the ways they vibrate with one another. I’m very excited to show you this latest work!
Using the Pantone Colour of the Year to Inspire Your Interior Design Trends
I use all kinds of violets, purples, mauves, lilacs, magentas and deep rich plum colours in my wildflower paintings. Every single one of the myriad of colours used in my floral works of art are created by me; I never use colours straight from the paint tube. Each colour is like a chemical journey to which I give my absolute all; every hope, dream and wish is then poured onto the canvas.
Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to the colour Ultra Violet. This majestic hue is also often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.
In Spring I went undertook a yoga retreat to find the art of well-being at Yeotown retreat which helped me to weave good habits into my daily life. It really helped me to release myself from the busy whirl of day-to-day life we sometimes find ourselves in, and reminded me that saturating ourselves in nature is always going to be good for the soul and bring about well-being.
A Happy Home Filled with Colour
Spinning that around, bringing nature into the home is so very important to create a happy feeling of well-being in the place where you live. A happy home is so very important. Home is where you live with your family, home is place you want to come to feel safe, home is huge part of your identity, home is the place where you grow up, where you watch your children grow, and it is a place you eat, sleep and be. Home acts as a sanctuary and resting place where we feel most at ease. To create a happy home fill your house with photographs, works of art and memories which make you smile.
I am more excited than ever about the direction my artwork is going for 2018 and am always looking to push the boundaries of my practice. From festivals, fairs and art events, to opening our home and exclusive solo shows, I look forward to sharing the results with you all over the coming months.
This year promises to be as colourful as my paintings!
With love and blessings,