12 Colour Palettes Taken From Visually Stunning Films

12 Colour Palettes Taken From Visually Stunning Films

When I watch a film with beautiful cinematography and colour aesthetics,  I’ll often get so blown away by the visual aspects that I’ll literally lose the plot. I rewatched the movie Her last night and was struck again by the palette; the liberal use of fresh but muted primaries, with a lot of red. Unusual in a Sci fi film, which can often be pretty sombre and ‘blue. Nice to know that the future is looking colourful. Here are twelve colour palettes taken from some of my favourite movies. And if you haven’t seen any of these, do take the time to watch them. Her – directed by Spike Jonze A man falls in love with his phone. Ok, there’s a lot more to it. They wear incredible high waisted trousers too. Watch this, not just for the styling, but for a thought provoking meditation on love, technology and philosophy. The Grand Budapest Hotel – directed by Wes Anderson The most visually wonderful, impeccably designed film I saw last year. Very funny too. It stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Amelie – directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet Gorgeous and whimsical romantic comedy, with a nostalgic take on style.  It’s a  warm film infused with reds and greens. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. Great soundtrack too. O Brother Where Are Thou – directed by Joel Coen,...
Look at these hauntingly beautiful Hansel and Gretel illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti

Look at these hauntingly beautiful Hansel and Gretel illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti

I’m a big fan of fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, so I was pleased to see that he’s recently released a new illustrated retelling of Hansel and Gretel (which is also one of my favourite fairy tales). The book is illustrated by Italian comic and graphic artist Lorenzo Mattotti. Mattotti’s gloomy and intense  ink illustrations are loosely drawn but incredibly expressive. I love them. Enjoy the selection below.    ...
Stroud Site Festival 2012 Open Studios – A Virtual Tour

Stroud Site Festival 2012 Open Studios – A Virtual Tour

The Stroud Site Festival 2012 has been running now since the beginning of May. If you missed your chance to come and have a snoop in my studio at Stroud Valleys Artspace, here’s a virtual tour.. Both weekends went really well, with lots of visitors, and some really positive feedback which was great.  I met some lovely people and chatted all day long. It made all the hard work worthwhile! Yesterday my fellow studio members and I finished off the day with a much needed champagne toast. Great! This is the painters studio on the top floor, where my space is.. And here’s my little room – the armchair is essential to sit and daydream and eat lunch in.. Some of the work on display – there was more but it got sold. I should have taken photos beforehand! And my decoupage chair which got a lot of admiring comments. This is for sale, please contact me if you’re interested.. (UK only)  ...
Open Studio weekends at the Site Festival 2012 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

Open Studio weekends at the Site Festival 2012 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

The next few weeks will be busy ones for me as I’m opening my studio doors for folks to come and have a peek at what I do. There will be prints and crafts for sale plus demonstrations and (much needed) explanations of how you can use the graphics I sell in my web shop. You can snigger at my unfinished art experiments gone wrong, wonder why I didnt clean up a bit more, and hopefully see a special piece of wall art if I can get in finished in time! The Stroud Valleys Artspace John St studios will be open on the weekends of 12th-13th May and the 19th-20th May. There are 26 painters, sculptors and textile artists in the building with lots of beautiful and varied artwork to enjoy. Here’s a taster.. The Site Festival is an artist led contemporary arts festival, now in its 16th year, which brings a full and dynamic programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios, artist talks and workshops to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May. To view the Site Festival programme click here. The online version of the Open Studios brochure is...