Favorite colors can be hard to find
Somebody once told me, that if you use the same colors as Henri Matisse, your painting will turn out well no matter what else you do. I haven't tried it, but it's probably true. Because the choise of colour surely defines a persons taste and expression.
When I decided to learn to mix my own favorite colors, it wasn't as hard as I thought. So now I have recipes and names for my favourite colors, so I can mix them again and again. That makes things easier.
LESS IS MORE
When I first learned to paint, I craved surprising color combinations and I was drawn to bold, vivid colors. And I loved to use many, many colors in one painting. But as I have gained more pracise, I find that less is more.
Earth scale colors with a touch of ultramarine blue
The colors I use most often are inspired by the muted palette that is so popular in the Nordics. I think of them as earth scale colours. But I also like to add some bright ultramarine blue.
Selecting the right combination of colors is a lot of fun because there always surprises, when you keep experimenting. When I first learned to paint, I craved surprising color combinations and I was drawn to bold, vivid colors. And I loved to use many, many colors in one painting. But now I find that less is more.
And here is another secret about favorite colors, that I have discovered for myself: They keep changing slightly with time. Some colors just draw me in again and again with just small variations. Whereas other colors are a rare guest. And if you ask a person about their favorite colors, you probably won't get the exact same answer twice.