Favorite colors are harder to find than true love
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. But that seems a bit fake to me. A little too easy. Or perhaps I just don’t like to copy. Instead, I have developed my own palette - not like that of Matisse. (Although I love and admire Matisse’s art.)
Over the course of five years, I have learned how to mix my own favorite colors. I have even developed recipes and names for my top five colors, so I can mix them again and again, while also introducing new colors from time to time.
My palette is not inspired by the French Riviera or the beautiful light by the sea, where I spent my summer holidays as a child. Nor by the Danish countryside where I grew up. (Although that would have been romantic for sure.)
Nordic colors with ultramarine blue as a special guest
The colors I use most often are inspired by the muted palette that is so popular in Copenhagen. But I also like to add some bright ultramarine blue – just like Matisse. I have been loved his paintings since I was a child, and I remember visiting museums in France with my family as child.
Playing with subtle colors
I think that selecting the right combination of colors is an endless source of discovery and joy. And I think it is good to 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 as my style had evolved and matured, 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 me about my favorite colors, you probably won't get the exact same answer twice.