Everything inspires me when I am contemplating a painting. I am constantly amazed at the beautiful color everywhere I look. I bought the most awesome blue lipstick and nail polish at the dollar store recently. I can see a color scheme of blue, pink and gray. I also found the most gorgeous pillow at Pat Catan's, on the cheap. I usually don't like patterns, but the colors are so gorgeous.
I've been seeing a lot of blush or pale pink in decor these days. And for the first time Pantone selected two colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity. I am taken with how closely these colors resemble my sky inspiration photo (below). I even love these colors with last year's color, radiant orchid.
All these thoughts go through my brain as I think about a painting. I become obsessed with a desire to reproduce a color I see in my mind. As I contemplate, I move things around in my place. My place becomes my color lab.