The Rich Colors of Matisse

An exhibition regarding Matisse, now at the Met, explores the artist’s love of color and his process. The artist would often make several versions of the same painting and would have a photographer record his progress, Vogue reported.


Photo: © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

For example, the painting above, named “The Dream”, was created after a long process. The evolution of the piece is recorded below.


Image via Vogue


Looking at the images above, I’m reminded what a difference color makes! And Matisse certainly knew color. He used tones and shadows to convey a mood that was either joyful, serious, or something in between. The image below demonstrates this talent of Matisse’s.


Image via Vogue.

Take a look back at our Take Color Block Cues from Henri Matisse post.

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Inspiration: Christmas Tree in London’s Design Museum

There’s a tree for every occasion. At London’s Design Museum, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou created a fun, modern 2D tree.

Christmas tree

Image via Editor at Large

The crisp, graphic creation has garnered rave reviews from magazines and websites such as The Editor at Large, which stated:

“The 2D design is visible on the museum’s outer wall, measuring over 9 feet tall. The tree combines Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle from design partner Swarovski.”

modern Christmas tree

Image via Editor at Large.

Mary Katrantzou’s fashion designs have the same artfulness and grasp of color as her 2D tree. This dress, for example, is at once simple and richly complex. Like the tree, it explores dimensions and visual perception. It also has beautiful greens and blues!



Image via The Editor at Large.

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Emerald is Pantone’s Color of 2013

Each year, color specialists and designers eagerly await Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. Pantone, a leading color marketing institute, has determined through market research that Emerald will sparkle in 2013. I am so excited to see more of this radiant, luminous green.


Emerald is a rich color that makes an impact when it stands alone. But it also harmonizes surprisingly well with many cool and warm hues. We are sure to see this color in both fashion and home fashion in 2013.

emerald green


The head of the Pantone Color Marketing Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, told Editor at Large:

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum…As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”


Colors, like emeralds, change according to the light and what they are juxtaposed with. Like Pantone’s previous color of the year, Tangerine Tango, Emerald stands well on its own or in a variety of settings.